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Monitoring the Development and Health of Young Children (pdf)

The Northwest Bulletin: Family and Child Health provides timely, relevant information about the health and health care of children and their families to public health professionals practicing in the Northwest region (Region X) of the United States.

Maternal and Child Public Health Webinar Series

These webinars provide up-to-date information on topics related to Title V MCH national performance measures.There are 18 of these performance measures that describe a specific health need that, when successfully addressed, can lead to better outcomes.


Mother and Child

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Training Program provides interdisciplinary, graduate-level training in maternal and child public health research and practice, including epidemiology, biostatistics, program planning and management, policy development, and advocacy.

Students graduate from our program with the skills to become leaders in improving the research, service systems, programs, and policies that support the health of women, children, and families in the United States.

Watch the Prezi below to find out what our students and students in other MCH training programs around the nation are doing to make a difference in the lives of women, children, and families .

Student, Faculty, Alumni News

Maxine Hayes, MD, PhD, MPH, affiliate faculty member, was awarded the 2014 Hutchins Leadership award. The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) established this award to recognize national leaders with a long record of significant contributions to society and demonstrated accomplishments that advance the health of women, children, and youth. Dr. Hayes recently retired from the Washington State Department of Health, where she was the Washington State Health Officer.

Avanthi Jayasuriya (class of 2014) received the 2014 Realityworks and Go Beyond MCH Graduate Student Scholarship Award from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs. The purpose of this award is to provide oppportunities for leadership development and networking with MCH professionals and families nationally, opportunities for learning about emerging and national MCH issues, and support the educational development of graduate students by providing funds for education-related expenses; and to develop advocates for Title V and MCH programs. Libby Brockman (class of 2013) was last year's winner.

Melissa Schiff, MD, MPH, is senior author of the article, "Concussion Among Female Middle-School Soccer Players," published in the January 2014 issue of the journal JAMA Pediatrics. The study found that concussions are common among middle-school girls who play soccer, and most girls continue playing through their symptoms. More details about the study are available at UW Medicine News.

January 28th marks the debut of "Conoces a Pepe? Have you met Pepe?" This social impact campaign focuses on educating young Latino communities about HIV testing. Rosa Solorio, MD, MPH, is principle investigator of the National Institutes of Health grant funding this campaign.

Megan Shepherd-Banigan, a PhD student in the Department of Health Services, was selected as an American Public Health Association MCH Section Outstanding Student Author for 2013 for her article "Paid leave benefits among a national sample of working mothers with infants in the United States." This award is designed to promote and advance research related to MCH populations and to provide an opportunity for the MCH Section to recognize examplary research of students.

Two students were awarded the 2013 APHA MCH Section Fellowships: Megan Shepherd-Banigan, a PhD student in the Department of Health Services, and Avanthi Jayasuriya, a second-year student in the MCH Program. This award allows students to enhance their professional and leadership development by participating in APHA MCH Section meetings, serving on MCH Section committees, and working on MCH Section policy statements. The goal of the fellowship program is to "…foster the development of leaders in science, program, and policy related to the health of women, children, and their families."

Two MCH students, Tess Abrahamson-Richards and Avanthi Jayasuriya, (class of 2014) were accepted into the 2013 Graduate Student Epidemiology Program. This 12-week program, sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, allows students to enhance their skills in data analysis and MCH epidemiology, and provides assistance to state and local health agencies with data-related projects.

Tess Abrahamson-Richards (class of 2014) was chosen as a finalist for the Native Graduate Health Fellowship. This award will allow her to participate in professional development activities at the National Congress of American Indian's office in Washington DC the summer of 2013.

Libby Brockman (class of 2013) received the 2013 Outstanding Student Community Service Award from the University of Washington's School of Public Health. The award is given to a student who has shown dedication and commitment to community service and volunteerism by building bridges between the school and the community.

Paige Wartko, (class of 2015), is first author of the article, "Recent changes in endometrial cancer trends among menopausal-age US women," published in the April 2013 issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology.

Help Support Your MCH Program!!

Alumni and others who wish to donate to the University of Washington can now designate their dollars to directly support the Maternal and Child Public Health Leadership Training Program. To do so, visit the MCH Program Fund for Excellence.