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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 15 (15 total).

Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY)

Annotation: Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY) is a statewide nonprofit organization that educates Marylanders about the needs of children and encourages investment in good health, quality education, safe environment, and economic security of children. Activities include: educating and mobilizing Marylanders around the needs of children and their families; researching and providing information to public officials, the media, and statewide organizations on key issues affecting Maryland's children and families; identifying effective programs and services that meet the needs of children and their families and advocating for funds to implement these programs and services; and A providing legal representation to children who are having trouble staying in school. A publications list if available, and some materials are available in Spanish. The organization sponsors conferences.

Keywords: Advocacy, Children, Maryland, Public policies

Baltimore City Health Department

Annotation: The Baltimore City Health Department advocates, leads, and provides services of the highest quality in order to promote and protect the health of the residents of all ages of Baltimore. Services areas include sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, Substance abuse, mental health and violence, acute and communicable diseases, chronic diseases as well as animals, bio-terrorism and natural disasters in businesses, homes, and neighborhoods.

Keywords: Health agencies, Local MCH programs, Local government, Maryland

Maryland Children's Oral Heath Institute (MCOHI)

Annotation: The Maryland Children's Oral Heath Institute (MCOHI) is a 501(c)3 organization created to improve the attitudes and behavior of children and families on a variety of oral health issues through early health promotion and disease prevention education. The MCOHI provides expert speakers on children's oral health issues, public service announcements targeting parents about the benefits of good oral health practices, educational materials targeting children and good oral health practices, community events targeting good oral health practices for children, and a community speaker and demonstrator focusing on making dental activities fun for children.

Keywords: Maryland, Oral health, State initiatives

Maryland Dental Action Coalition (MDAC)

Annotation: The Maryland Dental Action Coalition (MDAC) develops and maintains a statewide partnership of individuals and organizations working together to improve the health of all Marylanders through increased oral health promotion, disease prevention, education, advocacy, and access to oral health care. The website provides news, information about coalition goals, and the Maryland Oral Health Plan.

Keywords: Advocacy, Coalitions, Maryland, Oral health, State organizations

Maryland Department of Health

Annotation: This agency changed its name from Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on July 1, 2017. The Maryland Department of Health has four major divisions – Public Health Services, Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Health Care Financing (the Medicaid program). In addition, the department has 20 boards that license and regulate health care professionals; and various commissions that issue grants, and research and make recommendations on issues that affect Maryland’s health care delivery system.

Keywords: Health departments, Maryland, State agencies

Maryland Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities

Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC)

Annotation: The Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC) is an independent organization that provides legal representation, advocacy, counseling, and information and referral services for people with disabilities. The center also offers training and technical assistance for self-advocacy groups, parent organizations, public agencies, attorneys, and others concerned about the rights of people with disabilities. Training and technical assistance topics include special education, nondiscrimination requirements, financial entitlements, alternatives to institutionalization, and guardianships. The center also publishes a special education manual. Services to consumers include referrals and publications.

Keywords: Advocacy, Counseling, Disabilities, Information services, Maryland, Special education, Technical assistance, Training

Maryland Family Health Administration, Center for Maternal and Child Health

Annotation: The Center for Maternal and Child Health’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health and well-being of all women, newborns, children and adolescents in Maryland. Programs and activities strive to strengthen and support the maternal and child health infrastructure and to assure the availability and accessibility of preventive and primary care services for women, children and adolescents. Best practice standards in public health guide program planning, development and implementation. Five divisions comprise the Center: Family Planning and Reproductive Health; Maternal and Child Health which is subdivided into Maternal and Perinatal Health and Child and Adolescent Health; Women’s Health; Community-Based Initiatives and Partnerships; and Administration, Planning and Epidemiology. Programs are integrated to assure a holistic and coordinated life span approach to the enhancing the health of Marylanders. In conjunction with the Office for Genetics and Children with Special Health Care Needs, the Center is responsible for administering federal Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant funds. The Center is also responsible for administering the federal Title X Family Planning Program, the Abstinence Education Program Grant, the Maryland Asthma Control Program and other programs. The Center also collaborates and coordinates activities with other DHMH and State agencies on health issues that affect women and children. These issues include home visiting, immunizations, injury prevention, mental health care, Medical Assistance, oral health care, substance abuse, and smoking cessation.

Keywords: Adolescent health, Child health, Infant health, Maryland, Maternal and child heatlh, Public health, State agencies, Women', s health

MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society (Med Chi)

Annotation: MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society (formerly the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty) designs and disseminates physician education materials, conducts continuing medical education programs, and works to increase medical research in the state. The Maternal, Infant, Child and Adolescent Health Committee reviews maternal mortalities and coordinates activities of many maternal child health (MCH) specialties in Maryland, including setting standards, advocacy, and legislation. Med Chi operates the Baltimore City Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) and provides technical assistance to FIMR's in all counties of Maryland. The organization produces a newsletter and journal, maintains a listserv, and sponsors conferences and training seminars. It also provides referrals, publications and reference information for consumers.

Keywords: Health education, Adolescent health, Advocacy, Child health, Continuing education, Educational materials, Infant health, Legislation, Maryland, Maternal health, Medical education, Standards

Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth and Family Services (MANY)

Annotation: The Mid-Atlantic Network of Youth and Family Services (MANY) is a network designed to strengthen and coordinate resources and services for youth in high risk situations and their families. MANY offers consultation, training workshops, and information on program innovations, funding, legislation, and policy. The Network also maintains an online Knowledge Center, which is organized to address the 6 key components of operating community services that support the positive development of youth.

Keywords: Adolescents, Delaware, District of Columbia, Homeless persons, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Runaways, Technical assistance, Virginia, West Virginia, Youth

New York-Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetic and Newborn Screening Services (NYMAC )

Annotation: The New York-Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetic and Newborn Screening Services (NYMAC) was established in September 2004 as one of seven regional collaboratives in the country funded by the Genetic Services Branch in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)'s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The charge of this group is to develop a regional approach to address the maldistribution of genetic resources in the New York-Mid-Atlantic region, which includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health is the lead institution for this project.

Keywords: Regional genetics networks, Federal programs, Genetic services, Genetics, Newborn infants, Neonatal screening, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia., Public health

Sudden Infant Death Services of the Mid-Atlantic (SIDS Mid-Atlantic)

Annotation: Sudden Infant Death Services of the Mid-Atlantic (SIDS Mid-Atlantic) has as its mission to support family members and others who have been affected by the sudden and unexpected death of an infant; and to educate the public and professional community about infant death, including sudden infant death syndrome and its risk factors. SIDS Mid-Atlantic serves Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. SIDS Mid-Atlantic has also merged with Two Tiny Hands ( to provide support to siblings of babies who have died. A Spanish-speaking staff member and some materials in Spanish are provided.

Keywords: Bereavement, District of Columbia, Maryland, Prevention programs, SIDS, Spanish language materials, State organizations, Support groups, Virginia

University of Maryland at Baltimore, Dental School

University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Infant and Child Loss

Annotation: The Center for Infant and Child Loss assists Maryland families as they learn to live with the loss of their child and to have hope for the future. The Center's programs reach out to bereaved families and the community and foster hope by offering public education, health professional training, and instruction for emergency responders and others who may provide support. Each of the Center's four programs is designed to meet individual, family, and community needs. For those families who do experience the sudden death of an infant or child, the Center makes immediate contact to give them available information about the cause of death and support in their grief. The Center produces a newsletter titled Insights.

Keywords: Infant death, Bereavement counselors, Child death, Community outreach, Families, Family centered services, Family resource centers, Family support programs, Maryland, Professional training, Public education, SIDS, State organizations, State programs

University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL)

Annotation: The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) serves as the Regional Medical Library in Region 2 of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. Services to consumers include referrals, reference information, and access to the library's Web-based collection via HS/HSL's home page. Publications include a newsletter. The library also sponsors training seminars.

Keywords: Health sciences libraries, Maryland, Region II, Regional programs, State agencies


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.