Maternal Child Health

Examining State Innovations to Advance Breastfeeding and Health Equity

November 16, 2021

Breastfeeding is considered the gold standard in postnatal care for both birthing persons and infants. Yet, despite national gains in breastfeeding initiation rates, racial disparities in breastfeeding initiation and duration rates continue to persist. Effective intervention strategies require a multi-level approach that includes comprehensive legal, policy, and programmatic efforts.Read More »

Data-Driven Primary Prevention Strategies for Adverse Childhood Experiences

July 30, 2019

Preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is a critical place to start as states look to invest in upstream evidence-based prevention strategies to address the current opioid crisis. State health leaders play a critical role in promoting and facilitating ACEs data surveillance and monitoring. Surveilling and monitoring data is key to informing programmatic and policy work, documenting progress and impact, setting relevant ACEs-related state priorities, and influencing policy to address ACEs prevention. This report highlights ACEs-related data sources, provides examples of how states can use these data to inform their primary prevention work, offers resources for crafting data sharing agreements, and identifies challenges in collecting ACEs-related data.Read More »

The Role of State Health Leaders in Addressing Substance Use Disorders Among Women, Infants, and Families

December 20, 2018

This report highlights six public health approaches for addressing the rising incidence of SUD and NAS and draws out the critical role that state health leaders play in each.Read More »

Perinatal Quality Collaboratives Support Breastfeeding

November 02, 2018

This report describes how state perinatal quality collaboratives have focused on improving maternal and child health outcomes by supporting efforts to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration.Read More »

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