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Strengthening the evidence for maternal and child health programs

Special Collections

A woman studying in a libraryIn addition to the general collection, the MCH Digital Library houses numerous collections of historical documents and reports related to maternal and child health (MCH) in the United States and health services for children and families.

These collections cover the growth of MCH as a distinct field within public health and range from 1912 to the present. They represent the ongoing commitment to preserve seminal resources in the field to which current evidence-based or informed resources can be added in context of a rich academic and professional history.

Most materials are available full-text, online. The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH) is always exploring supplemental funding sources to digitize additional print resources from the Mary C. Egan collection, one of Georgetown University's six libraries.

Alliance for Information on Maternal and Child Health (AIM) Product Inventory

This inventory provides access to products developed by AIM grantees from 2005-2010. These products can be searched by keyword/topic using the box below and are also listed by grantee name. Links are provided to each document and to each organization’s website. Access the inventory.

Bright Futures for Women

This collection of consumer tools have been developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women's Health. They consist of resources on maternal wellness, physical activity and healthy eating, and emotional wellness. Spanish versions are also available. Access the collection.

Children's Bureau Publications

This collection of approximately 450 documents has been digitized from a collection of U.S. Children's Bureau publications from 1912 to 1969.  In addition, selected documents that discuss the history of the Children's Bureau are included, and links are provided to Children's Bureau documents from the period that have been digitized by other libraries. Access the collection.

Records of the Children's Bureau 1912-1969. Microfilm collection of 290 reels containing materials from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. The finding aid for this collection, The Children's Bureau: Documentary sources from the National Archives (Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, 1993) lists documents according to their sequence on the microfilm and provides author, title, date, and sometimes source of the material. Types of materials include reports, articles, conference materials, addresses and speeches, government documents, memoranda, drafts, and other documents. The aid is divided into six parts: child welfare, child legislation, Children's Bureau history, MCH, Children's Bureau Merritt files, and Children's Bureau chief's files. There is no subject index. The MCH Digital Library is currently exploring ways to make this material available online.

EPSDT/Hiscock Collection

The William McConway Hiscock collection of 175 documents and index preserves the early development (1950s-1980s) of Medicaid's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. They were donated to NCEMCH in 1995. In 2015, NCEMCH received a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine to digitize materials in the set. Access the collection.

Healthy Start Portal

This portal contains over 500 products and final reports of Healthy Start projects from 1995-2015 Healthy Start materials, links to materials developed by the National Healthy Start Association, and related materials developed by the MCH Digital Library. Access the portal.

MCH History

This portal page focuses on programs and resources of the federal government, including activities of the Children's Bureau and Maternal and Child Health MCH services under Title V of the Social Security Act as guided by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration. Access the portal.

MCH Thesaurus

The MCH Thesaurus provides the MCH professional community with a standard vocabulary that serves as a tool for indexing and retrieving materials in any MCH research center, library, or special collection. It is contains the keywords used in the Title V Information System and Discretionary Grants Information System to describe projects and resources. Access the thesaurus (note: this opens as a microsite in a new window with separate navigation from the MCH Digital Library site).

Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) Final Reports

This collection includes over 1,000 final reports of projects funded by MCHB, from the 1960s to 2015. They are included in MCHLine®, the library's catalog, and can be searched using keywords, author, title, publisher, or date. Recent reports received in electronic formats are also available full-text. The MCH Digital Library also holds block grant applications and annual reports from state Title V agencies for the years 1986 through 1996, plus applications for 1998. Access the final reports.

MCHB Posters

This collection includes graphical materials from MCHB-funded programs and conferences from the early 1900s to 2015. Access the posters.

SUID/SIDS Gateway

This portal provides access to materials developed by the National Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Consortium, including the SUID/SIDS Resource Center, the Program Support Center, Project IMPACT, and the National Center for Cultural Competence. Materials range from 2000-2014. Additional materials have been collected for the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep (NAPPSS) project from 2014-2016. Access the gateway.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.