General Maternal & Child Health
From Theory to Management: Recommended State MCH Life Course Indicators
In May 2012, AMCHP developed a project to expand indicators for use at state or local level to access, monitor, and evaluate the application of life course principles to public health. An extensive framework established by a national expert panel, teams of program leaders, epidemiologists, and academicians from seven states proposed indicators to be considered. Over 400 indicators were submitted to be assessed, however only 59 were selected for final recommendation as MCH life course indicators. All of the indicators selected were evaluated on five main features of a life course approach: equity, resource realignment, impact, intergenerational wellness, and life course evidence. Other factors that the indicators were assessed on include quality, availability, and simplicity. Evaluating these indicators is a key factor within public health. These factors represent a translation of life course perspective from theory to application. To access the full article, click here.
Women's & Infant Health
NAMD AMCHP Issue Brief on Low-risk, Primary Cesarean Births in Medicaid
Low-risk, Primary Cesarean Births in Medicaid: NAMD/AMCHP Issue Brief, developed by the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) in partnership with AMCHP, lays out key background information and the elements of state strategies to address the excessive use of C-sections for low-risk, first time mothers. It is important to note that this resource seeks to provide a high-level review of state options and does not offer a comprehensive analysis of this topic. To view this issue brief, click here.