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Strengthen the Evidence for Maternal and Child Health Programs

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 16 (16 total).

Allegheny County Health Department

Annotation: The Allegheny County Health Department assures quality public health services by promoting individual and community wellness, preventing injury, illness and premature death or disability, and protecting the population from harmful effects of chemical, biological and physical hazards within the environment.

Keywords: County health agencies, Pennsylvania

Center for Rural Pennsylvania

Annotation: The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The center works with executive agencies and federal, regional and community organizations to maximize resources and strategies that can better serve the needs of Pennsylvania's 2.8 million rural residents. The center promotes and sustains the vitality of Pennsylvania's rural and small communities by: awarding grants for applied research and model projects; maintaining and disseminating information on rural trends and conditions; publishing research and project results; and sponsoring local, state and national forums on rural issues.

Keywords: Pennsylvania, Rural environment, Rural population, State agencies

Cribs for Kids

Annotation: Cribs for Kids was established in 1998 under the guidance of SIDS of Pennsylvania, whose staff realized that most sudden unexpected infant deaths were among low-income families, and most of the infants who died were found on couches, chairs, or adult beds. Cribs for Kids partnered with portable crib manufacturer GRACO Pack N Play.® Currently, Cribs for Kids has more than 350 Partner Programs that provide safe sleep educational materials and portable cribs to families who cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep.

Keywords: State organizations, Advocacy, Consumer education, Family support, Infant death, Infant mortality, Parent support, Pennsylvania, SIDS

Early Childhood Education Linkage System-Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania (ECELS-Healthy Childcare PA)

Annotation: The Early Childhood Education Linkage System-Healthy Child Care Pennsylvania (ECELS-Healthy Child Care PA) provides professional consultation, training, and technical assistance to improve early education and child care in Pennsylvania. Since December 1989, the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has operated the ECELS linking the resources of government, early childhood educators, and health professionals. Now operating Healthy Child Care America Pennsylvania, ECELS offers opportunities for professional development to PA early learning and child care practitioners. Resources include tools, fact sheets, a/v lending library, calendar of events, self-learning modules and workshops, and e-mail alerts.

Keywords: Child care workers, Child health, Child safety, Collaboration, Consultants, Early childhood educators, Pennsylvania, Program improvement, Quality assurance, Technical assistance

George T. Harrell Library

Annotation: The George T. Harrell Library primarily serves the faculty, students, and staff of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the Penn State College of Medicine, and users from the Central Pennsylvania community. The Web site provides access to many electronic resources, including online databases and consumer health information.

Keywords: Health sciences libraries, Pennsylvania, State agencies

Highmark Foundation

Annotation: The Highmark Foundation is a charitable organization, a private foundation, and an affiliate of Highmark Inc. that supports initiatives and programs aimed at improving community health. The foundation’s mission is to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for individuals who reside in the Pennsylvania communities served by Highmark. The foundation strives to support evidence-based programs that impact multiple counties and work collaboratively to leverage additional funding to achieve replicable models.

Keywords: Collaboration, Community health, Diffusion of innovation, Financing, Foundations, Model programs, Pennsylvania

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

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

Annotation: The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, research, and emerging policy on sexual violence intervention and prevention. It provides online library and technical assistance and also coordinates National Sexual Assault Awareness Month initiatives. NSVRC is a project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) , which advocates for services for all sexual assault victims and works to increase public understanding of sexual violence. Through the coalition, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare funds 52 centers that provide services for adult and child victim/survivors and their families in all Pennsylvania counties. These services include 24-hour hotlines, crisis counseling, education programs for schools and communities, systems advocacy, information and referral, and hospital, police, and court accompaniment. PCAR publishes a catalog and a newsletter and sponsors training seminars and workshops. Some materials are available in Spanish.

Keywords: Rape, Advocacy, Counseling, Education programs, Hotlines, Injury prevention, Pennsylvania, Sexual assault, Spanish language materials, Victims, Violence prevention

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

Pennsylvania Dental Association

Pennsylvania Department of Health, Oral Health Program

Annotation: The Pennsylvania Department of Health Oral Health Program promotes good oral health as an integral part of the well-being of all Pennsylvania citizens. The program collaborates with other governmental agencies and local community groups and associations on oral health promotional efforts and actions. Focus areas include prevention of oral disease through community water fluoridation, school based and school linked dental sealant programs for low income populations, routine oral cancer screenings, and oral hygiene by parents and children; assessment of oral health status of the Pennsylvania population; access to dental health services for the underserved; departmental spokesperson on dental issues and liasion to the dental profession; and representation for the Secretary of Health on the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry.

Keywords: Collaboration, Health services, Oral health, Pennsylvania, State agencies

Pennsylvania Perinatal Partnership

Annotation: The Pennsylvania Perinatal Partnership represents the collaborative efforts of Pennsylvania’s Healthy Start Projects and Maternal and Child Health Programs to improve women's and children's health outcomes in Pennsylvania through education, advocacy, and collaboration. In its work, the Partnership emphasizes the importance of making sure that women are healthy when they become pregnant, that they continue to be healthy during pregnancy, that they are healthy between pregnancies, and that their babies are born, and remain healthy. PPP members work to reduce barriers to maternal and child health services, promote the provision of culturally and linguistically sensitive care, and support the capacity of women to enhance and maintain their own health as well as the health of their children and families. Whether directly or through alliances with community-based health, mental health and and social service organizations, PPP members offer individualized care designed to build on the strengths of each family. In addition, PPP members ensure that women and children receive needed primary and specialty health and mental health services; enroll families in health insurance programs; and provide education about nutrition, exercise, child development, and other maternal and child health concerns. Significant activities include a statewide conference on perinatal depression and a symposium on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. In October, 2008, the PPP hosted a conference on improving pregnancy outcomes for minority populations. In addition, Partnership members continue to work on improving pregnancy outcomes and the delivery of obstetrical care in the Commonwealth.

Keywords: Healthy Start, Infant health, MCH services, Maternal health, Pennsylvania, Pregnancy, State initiatives

Quality Community Health Care (QCHC)

Temple University, Kornberg School of Dentistry

University of Pennsylvania, Biomedical Library

Annotation: The Biomedical Library at the University of Pennsylvania is open to all during weekdays, and is open to staff of institutional affiliates during evenings and weekends. Use of electronic resources is generally restricted to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff.

Keywords: Health sciences libraries, Pennsylvania, State agencies

University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine


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.