Publications & Resources

General Maternal and Child Health 

New Fact Sheet on Asthma and Tobacco Smoke Available
In recognition of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month in May, the American Legacy Foundation released a new resource for individuals working with or suffering from asthma. Individuals who suffer from asthma will have more health complications from smoking than those who are not asthmatic; because of the harmful effects of smoking on individuals with asthma, Legacy recently released a new free downloadable fact sheet. The fact sheet highlights not only the effects of tobacco use on individuals who have asthma, but the fact sheet also discusses prevalence, disparities and much more. To download the fact sheet, click here.

Need Assistance Publishing Your Findings? MCHIRC Can Help!
State and local MCH agencies have a wealth of information but you often struggle to find it published because MCH agencies and their staff have limited time to publish scientific articles. MCHB, recognizing that MCH agencies needed help in getting this information disseminated, joined with CDC to develop the MCH Information Resource Center (MCHIRC). THE MCHIRC offers technical assistance and support in the development of publication-worthy articles on timely MCH topics by state and local MCH programs and agencies. The highly qualified staff and consultants of the MCHIRC can help to turn your research and evaluation findings into articles for peer-reviewed journals at no cost to you. For more information, click here.

Families, Disability and Culture: A Web-Based Guide to Curriculum Development
This web-based guide for curriculum development, Families, Disability and Culture: A Guide to Developing Training Curriculum on Families, Disability, and Culture for Trainees and MCH Professionals, focuses on family-centered/family-directed practices and cultural competency for trainees and MCH professionals. It encourages and supports the development and implementation of an integrated curriculum that will strengthen trainee knowledge/skills and important competencies. Family-professional collaboration is fundamental to practice and service for children, especially children with special health care needs, and their families. The materials provided on this website include excellent resources for MCH training programs faculty, training coordinators and curriculum developers. For more information, click here.

Women’s Health  

 The Importance of Emotional Support for Mothers Brief
Disadvantaged Families and Child Outcomes: The Importance of Emotional Support for Mothers, examines the link between emotional support mothers receive in rearing their children, and their children's development. Child Trends reports in this brief that emotional support for mothers improves outcomes for children. Findings also suggest that providing emotional support for mothers may serve to protect children in both disadvantaged and advantaged families from negative outcomes. To read the brief, click here.

Children’s Health 

Webinar Archive Available: Newborn Screening Recommendations for CCHD: Implications for State Programs
The full recording and presenter PowerPoint slides from this Mar. 22 webinar are now available on the AMCHP website. Hosted by AMCHP, in partnership with the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD)/CDC, this webinar focused on the background of the point-of-care Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) screening recommendations and potential roles of state health departments. Presentations included considerations for roles of state health departments with CCHD screening, an overview of state activities and lessons learned from New Jersey’s experience with implementing mandated screening.

New Issue Brief on Building Capacity and Providing Data
In ongoing efforts to support state and local maternal and child health programs, AMCHP and the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs (ASIP) co-sponsor a series of quarterly webinars to strengthen SUID, SIDS, Infant Safe Sleep and bereavement services provided across the United States. A June 2011 webinar focused on states use of Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data to inform SUID/SIDS/safe sleep programs and policy development. As a follow up to this webinar, AMCHP, ASIP and CDC PRAMS recently produced an issue brief, Data-Driven Decisions: Using Surveillance Data to Inform Infant Safe Sleep Programs, to showcase state-specific examples and use of PRAMS in informing programmatic change. To view the issue brief, click here.

New CSHCN Data Brief from the DRC
The National Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health (DRC) recently released a three-page data brief, National Profile of Children with Special Health Care Needs and Autism Spectrum Disorders. This data brief highlights findings on U.S. children with special health care needs (CSHCN) with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) age 2-17 years from both the 2009/10 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) and the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). The brief contains a description of key characteristics of CSHCN who currently experience ASD, the impact on families of having CSHCN with ASD, as well as how health system performance and contextual factors from the home, school and neighborhood environments may affect CSHCN with ASD. For additional information regarding this data brief and other easy-to-use national and state level data, please visit You may also e-mail