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MCH Links: Professional Associations

These links have been evaluated for the usefulness, reliability, and timeliness of the maternal and child health (MCH) information they present, and the ease with which visitors can access information and navigate in them. This list is not intended to be comprehensive; rather, it offers a sample of quality sites that are useful starting points for those interested in MCH topics.

35 links found.

Academic Pediatric Association (APA)
Educational guidelines for pediatric residency programs; information about APA's research, special interest groups, meetings, newsletter, and journal.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
Nutrition resources for health professionals and consumers, including childhood obesity and weight loss, food safety, and career resources. Some materials are available in Chinese and Spanish.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
Resources for families, medical students and residents, and practitioners about developmental, behavioral, emotional, and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents. Some family materials are available in Arabic, Hebrew, Icelandic, Malaysian, Polish, Spanish, and Urdu.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Professional resources including clinical and research, running a practice, policy and advocacy, training, and careers. Information on public health issues, immunization, disaster preparedness, genomics, and Medicare Part D drug benefits.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)
Guidelines, journals, brochures, and other resources for health professionals and parents about improving oral health for infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Resources for parents and professionals regarding the physical, mental, and social health of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults, as well as information about AAP's advocacy work, research, publications, membership, and meetings.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
Information about physician assistant programs and the physician assistant profession.

American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC)
Map of U.S. poison centers, guidelines on managing suspected exposures to poisons, prevention resources for consumers, poison statistics.

American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
Information on finding and becoming a midwife, continuing education, practice resources, publications and research, consumer information.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Resources for advocacy, professional education, practice management, and women's issues. Quick guides to Web information on selected topics.

American Dental Association (ADA)
Activities for kids, classroom activity resources, A-Z oral health topics, directory of member dentists, and professional resources.

American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA)
Information for health professionals and consumers on the oral health of children and adolescents, including an oral health education section for children, education and career information for hygienists, advocacy and legislative tracking, and professional issues.

American Hospital Association (AHA)
Resources on advocacy, health systems issues, research and trends, news. Links for consumers and health leaders.

American Medical Association (AMA)
Resources for physicians and consumers on a variety of health topics affecting families. Also contains information about AMA's policy and advocacy work, accreditation, education opportunities, products, services, and publications.

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
Professional resources on advocacy, career development, meetings, and a professional journal.

American Nurses Association (ANA)
Resources on careers and credentialing, professional nursing practice and ethics, health care policy, government affairs, and occupational and environment.

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Resources for practitioners, students, and researchers, and consumer information about how occupational therapy helps various age groups and those with varying conditions.

American Psychological Association (APA)
Resources for health professionals, educators, and parents about child, adolescent, and family mental health.

American Public Health Association (APHA)
Resources on advocacy and on public health issues such as health insurance, disaster preparedness, the environment, and school-based health care. Annual conference and bookstore.

American School Health Association (ASHA)
Describes an optimal school health program and offers information about its membership, conferences, and publications.

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)
Advocacy resources on federally-funded maternal and child health programs and links to resources on current MCH topics from adolescent health through workforce development. Conferences, webinars, and publications.

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
Definition of public health, list of member schools, curriculum and public health practice resources, and advocacy materials.

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
Program information, publications, and other resources for public health professionals on topics such as access to health care, immunizations, and environmental health. Provides a list of state health officials and links to state health departments.

Resources about urban maternal and child health (MCH) issues. Initiatives include the Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) collaborative and the MCH Life Course Toolbox. CityMatCH is a national membership organization for city and county health departments' MCH programs and leaders representing urban communities in the United States.

National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
Program, research, and conference information; publications; and news about state health policy and practice. Topics include children's health insurance, early childhood health and development, oral health, and others

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Program information, publications, assessment tools, advocacy, and other resources for local public health officials on topics such as health reform implementation and radiation and nuclear preparedness.

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
Resources on advocacy and legislation, continuing education, programs and initiatives, practice resources, patient education, and research updates.

National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
Resources on continuing education, professional development, policy and advocacy, and research. Links to educational campaigns and other resources on topics of interest to school nurses such as childhood obesity, promoting non-violence, environmental health, and meningitis.

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
State legislative information, policy analysis, publications, and news about current issues affecting states.

National Governors Association (NGA)
State and federal legislative news and policy analysis on issues affecting states. Issue briefs and other publications on maternal and child health topics including health reform implementation, early childhood care and education, and obesity prevention.

National Medical Association (NMA)
Resources for professionals including a journal, calendar of events, and the Cobb Health Institute which conducts data-driven research and makes policy recommendations. Consumer resources on diabetes education, smoking cessation, HIV/AIDS prevention and other topics.

National School Boards Association (NSBA)
Legislative issues, advocacy, promising school district practices, and resources on school health and school law.

National WIC Association (NWA)
Information about the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) including legislative priorities, research, the National Food and Nutrition questionnaire, national campaigns on hunger and breastfeeding, and a list of state WIC agencies.

School Nutrition Association (SNA)
Resources related to school food services including running school food service programs, educating kids about nutrition, preparing school meals, journals and newsletters, continuing education and professional development, legislative and regulatory information.

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM)
Resources for professionals including position papers, a list service, continuing education, and annual conferences. Links to sites for professionals and youth.

To find further resources, you can search the MCH Organizations Database, which contains information on more than 2,000 organizations that focus on MCH-related topics. Many of the organizations have Web sites that you can link to directly.

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.