... where leaders, researchers, and practitioners in maternal and child health share stories about policies and practices to promote the health of all families.
Where we live directly impacts our health. The toxins in our
water, our access to fresh and nutritious food, our exposure to air pollution, and
the safety of our neighborhoods all matter.
Families living just blocks away from each other may have drastically
different health outcomes, and their health has more to do with where they live
than the choices they make or the quality of their genes. In Rhode Island, we believe that everyone should have a fair
and just opportunity to be healthy.
emerging issues we face today are taking on a new breadth and depth. Many of
our needs assessments point to the key drivers of social determinants of
health. But how they present are unique to each community. For example, housing
issues and homelessness look very different in Oregon than they do in
Micronesia. And the destruction Puerto Rico endured due to Hurricane Maria illustrates
yet another version of housing issues and homelessness. Food insecurity is
equally concerning across our communities, but it looks different at each local
level and requires different solutions.
September was National Preparedness Month, which gave AMCHP an opportunity to reflect back on past threats to the maternal and child health (MCH) population. Naturally, we want to apply lessons learned from past threats such as the Zika epidemic, to improve coordinated responses for future emerging and unknown threats and issues.
An emphasis on emotional well-being is woven throughout the Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition. This information can be found within each of the health supervision visits and health promotion themes (e.g., Promoting Mental Health). Pediatric health care professionals, states, and communities can use this content to ensure that programs and recommendations align with current evidence-informed guidance.
upward tick in the nation’s uninsured rate is concerning for programs serving maternal
and child health (MCH) populations. However, with the ACA Marketplace open
enrollment season approaching, Title V programs have an opportunity to actively
promote coverage for children and families.