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Search Results: MCH Organizations

This list of organizations is drawn from the MCH Organizations Database. Contact information is the most recent known to the MCH Digital Library.

Displaying records 1 through 9 (9 total).

Best Babies Zone (BBZ)

Annotation: The Best Babies Zone (BBZ) Initiative is a multi-sector approach to reducing infant mortality and racial disparities in birth outcomes and improving birth and health outcomes by mobilizing communities to address the social determinants that affect health. The uniqueness of this national initiative lies in the fact that not only is the approach zonal, but it is comprehensive – addressing four critical sectors – economics, education, health, and community – in order to strengthen environments that support better and healthier outcomes. BBZ is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is being implemented in three cities – Cincinnati, Ohio; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Oakland, California.

Keywords: Barriers, Cities, Communities, Community action, Environmental influences, Infant mortality, National initiatives, Public private partnerships, Racial factors, Risk factors, Socioeconomic factors

Center for Oral Health Research in Appalachia (COHRA)

Annotation: The Center for Oral Health Research in Appalachia (COHRA) was established in 2002 to identify factors that lead to oral health disparities in children and families in Appalachia. The Center represents a collaboration from several sites including the University of Pittsburgh West Virginia University, University of Michigan, University of Iowa, and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the people of Bradford and Burgettstown in Pennsylvania and the people of Nicholas and Webster counties in West Virginia. The website provides information on the conceptual model and study design, project objectives and project status, publications, and future directions.

Keywords: Barriers, Geographic regions, Health promotion, Oral health, Research, Strategic plans, Underserved communities

Council on Women and Girls

Annotation: The White House's Council on Women and Girls -- established with the signing of an Executive Order by President Barack Obama in March 2009 -- will focus on ensuring that each of the federal agencies is working to directly improve the economic status of women and ensure that administrative policies aim to balance work and family. The Council with also work hand-in-hand with the Vice President, the Justice Department’s Office of Violence Against Women, and other government officials to find new ways to prevent violence against women, at home and abroad. Another top priority of the Council is to help build healthy families and improve women’s health care.

Keywords: Women, Adolescent females, Barriers, Economics, Female children, Gender discrimination, Health promotion, Violence prevention, Women', Work family issues, Working women, s health

Healthy Schools Campaign

Annotation: Healthy Schools Campaign advocates for policies and practices that allow all students, teachers, and staff to learn and work in a healthy school environment. HSC addresses issues of environmental health and wellness in schools by preparing stakeholders to become leaders in efforts to create change at the school, district, state, and national levels.The website contains information on programs and publications on topics such as food and fitness, environmental justice and health disparities, environmental health, and school nursing.

Keywords: Barriers, Environmental health, Organizational change, Policy analysis, Policy development, Public awareness campaigns, School nursing, Schools

Institute for American Values

Annotation: The Institute for American Values focuses on four goals: (1) to increase the proportion of children growing up with their two married parents; (2) to renew the ethic of thrift and replace the culture of debt and waste; (3) to help turn the intellectual tide against extremism in the Arab and Muslim world; and (4) to improve and civilize the nation's public conversation.

Keywords: Arab Americans, Cultural barriers, Families, Financial planning, International health, Marriage, Moral values, Muslims, Public opinion, Social values

Institute for Oral Health

Annotation: The Institute for Oral Health applies the knowledge gained from scientific research and insight from data analysis to recommend options to overcome the barriers to efficient and effective dental care delivery. The institute works to fill the gap that exists between research and development institutions and real world dental practice; reduce the amount of time it takes to transfer innovations from academic research to the dental chair; and facilitate the adoption of innovations by healthcare policy makers, dental care providers, and the insurance community. The institute collaborates with other organizations to support public policies that advance oral health and makes research and data accessible as a resource to government agencies, universities, benefits companies, dental professionals, dental benefits purchasers, and the public.

Keywords: Advocacy, Barriers, Oral health, Collaboration, Data analysis, Program improvement, Public policy, Research, Service delivery systems

Kansas Dental Project (KDP)

Annotation: The Kansas Dental Project is a team of citizens, advocates, and health professionals who are working together to address the dental work force shortage in Kansas. The project is spearheaded by the Kansas Action for Children, the Primary Care Association of Kansas, and the Kansas Health Consumer Coalition. The website contains a map of Kansas counties that do not have a dentist, those that do not have enough dentists to serve their population, and counties that have enough dentists to serve their population. A fact sheet and videos about the dental work force shortage are also available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Barriers, Geographic factors, Kansas, Oral health, State initiatives, Work force

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, Health Disparities Research Program (HDRP)

Annotation: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Health Disparities Research Program supports studies that provide a better understanding of the basis of health disparities and inequalities; develop and test tailored/targeted interventions for underserved populations; and explore approaches to the dissemination and implementation of effective findings to assure rapid translation into practice, policy, and action in communities.

Keywords: Barriers, Federal agencies, Federal grants, Grants guidance, Health care disparities, Health status disparities, Oral health, Research, Underserved communities

University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, Pacific Center for Special Care

Annotation: The Pacific Center for Special Care is an organization within the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry committed to improving the oral health of underserved people on the local, state and federal level. The center has created best-practice models of, and advocates for, improved access to dental care for anyone who faces challenges receiving oral health services through the traditional oral health care system. This includes groups and individuals who have difficulty maintaining good oral health or accessing oral health services because of medical, physical, social, economic, and geographic conditions. The website provides information about projects, the virtual dental home, and training.

Keywords: Access to health care, Barriers, Health care systems, Oral health, Special health care needs, Systems development, Telemedicine, Training, Underserved communities


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.