Maternal and Child Health

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The Maternal and Child Health Section in interested in receiving papers pertaining to research, programs, and policies in the following areas:

• Adolescent Health: behavioral issues (smoking, substance abuse, interpersonal and family violence, eating disorders/behaviors, sexual health); outreach programs; injury (intentional and unintentional); access to care (connecting youth to providers), school health; comprehensive sexual health education; abstinence education; teen parenting; mental health (family issues, stigma, access, and awareness); issues of identity; peer relations; disparities; policy advocacy (adolescent rights and parental consent)
• Breastfeeding and Infant Nutrition: Paper and poster abstracts are sought that report breastfeeding related research, program evaluation, coalition activities and accomplishments, policy development and advocacy activities. Abstracts addressing breastfeeding/mother’s milk feeding as an infant and maternal right, the right of mothers to make fully informed decisions about infant feeding, and the maternal-infant right to receive care from professionals who have adequate knowledge about and positive attitudes toward breastfeeding will be viewed as particularly consistent with the 2006 annual meeting theme as will abstracts that focus on factors that interfere with these rights. Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to: maternal decision making about infant feeding based on accurate understanding of the benefits of breastfeeding and the risks of formula feeding; overcoming individual, family, provider organization, community and cultural barriers interfering with the maternal-infant right to breastfeed; and protecting the maternal-infant right to breastfeed in a market-driven, capitalistic society.
• Child Care Committee: is soliciting papers addressing Evidence-based models of Child Care Health Consultant programs for the prevention of asthma, child maltreatment and obesity
• Children with Special Health Care Needs: Initiatives to improve and expand the organization, financing, and delivery of services and supports for children with special health care needs. Specific topics are medical home, family partnerships, health insurance, early and continuous screening, and transitions from child- to adult-oriented health care
• Enhancing Interactions In A Home Visiting Environment: Lessons From Evidence-Based Practice" Abstracts that address the following key themes are sought: (1) evidence-based best practices demonstrating ongoing integration of staff development in home visiting programs, (2) strategies for enhancing interactions between home visiting staff and targeted program populations, (3) innovative strategies for linking staff, families, and the community in home visiting programs, and (4) practice guidelines for addressing the challenges of implementing and sustaining home visiting programs
• Epidemiology and Data: Areas of interest include: evidence-based evaluation of MCH programs, integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in MCH, models of data usage in MCH, engaging communities in MCH data issues and interpretation, participatory methods in MCH, case studies of evidence-based decision-making in MCH, multilevel modeling and analysis in MCH
• Genetics and Bioethics: Areas of interest include issues regarding ethical issues associated with: the efficacy of the cost effective value of early and continuous screening; long term health outcomes for newborn screening and delivery of genetic services; public policy issues associated with access to and equity of genetic services; genetics education issues associated with underserved populations or those with low health literacy of family health history and the transmission of information pertaining to health risks.
• Graduate Education: The preparation of the new MCH workforce, including the range of knowledge, training, program content, and sensitivities needed for the range of occupations in the MCH workforce of the future, including paraprofessionals, multi-disciplinary professionals, administrators, and community partners.
• Improving Pregnancy Outcomes: Examining the relationships between maternal and child health: priorities and objective evidence for interventions. (One example is the use of birth weight-specific neonatal mortality rates to identify easily addressed deficiencies in MATERNAL/early neonatal care).
• Infant and child health: preconception care, chronic disease prevention, infant and child morbidity, fetal alcohol syndrome, birth defects research and surveillance, newborn hearing and metabolic screening, developmental screening, autism and developmental disabilities and child development.
• Innovations in Maternity Health Services: Abstracts are welcome which discuss women’s rights to access to comprehensive maternity care, issues of malpractice costs, impact on provider availability, and innovative community responses to the Maternity Care Crisis, including issue’s such as VBAC, Breech, induction, electro-fetal monitoring, out of hospital settings, and doula’s.
• MCH International Health Committee - Examining the relationships between maternal and child health: priorities and objective evidence for interventions. (One example is the use of birth weight-specific neonatal mortality rates to identify easily addressed deficiencies in MATERNAL/early neonatal care).
• Policy and Financing of Women and Children's Health: Application of the right to health to current US or state public policy, law, and financing. History of the ‘health as a human right’ movement for mothers and children in the U.S. Measurements and indicators of government’s performance in assuring the right to health. What current market mechanisms facilitate or pose a barrier to implementing a full right to health for mothers and children? What would rights-based programming look like in the context of current frameworks used for MCH program planning?
Paper topics may focus on policy and financing areas such as :insurance including Medicaid and SHIP, health information systems such as vaccine or screening registries, prenatal care, family planning, areas of significant disparities such as poverty and anti-poverty programs, health behaviors, nutrition, oral health, adolescent health, mental and behavioral health, genetic and chronic disease, as examples.
• SIDS, infant mortality and preterm birth; etiology, risk factors, reducing disparities, effective prevention programs. Role of medical intervention in preterm birth
• Student Session: collaboration with the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, the MCH Section seeks student papers on a variety of topics related to MCH research, policy, and programs. The top five papers will be presented in the 5th Annual Outstanding Student Papers in MCH session. These top five
Student authors will receive a $500 travel stipend and be honored at the Martha May Eliot Award Luncheon where prizes for the top two papers will be announced. Accepted papers not selected for the special session will be
included in other sessions. A 250-word abstract and two-page summary are
required. Submissions should conform to the required APHA structure. First authors must be students working towards a degree at the time of submission. Advisors may be listed as coauthors; however, the student is expected to do
the writing, analysis, and presentation.
• Technology Theater Sessions: These sessions enable presenters to access the Internet for their presentations and makes available to them special equipment (e.g. CD Rom players, special computer software, special computer attachments, telephone line, etc).
• Violence Prevention in Families and Communities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Family Violence Prevention: Many disciplines contribute critical knowledge and perspectives to the use of theory, data, interventions, evaluation approaches, and policy development to family violence prevention efforts; by exploring these various efforts we can better prevent all forms of family violence, including child maltreatment, partner abuse, elder mistreatment, sibling abuse, and their relationships.
• Women's Health: The Women's Caucus invites abstracts on any topic related to women and health. The Caucus is particularly interested in social, cultural, environmental, and political contexts of women's health. Preference is given to abstracts that focus on underserved populations of women (e.g., women in prison, women living in rural areas, women of color) and emerging topics not yet covered elsewhere at APHA (e.g., health of sex workers). If you are unable to identify a specific session for your abstract, please submit it under 'Other'. Students and new members are encouraged to submit abstracts to the Women's Health.
  • A Decade of Health Sector Reform: The Legacy of Neoliberalism
  • AIDS Evaluation in Africa: What Have We Learned?
  • APHA Film Festival: IH # 2 - Women’s Health Issues: Rape, Abortion, and Obstetric Fistula
  • APHA Film Festival: IH #1 - HIV/AIDS: From Africa to the Ukraine
  • APHA Film Festival: IH #3 - Public Health, Conflict and War: Rwanda and Uganda
  • APHA Film Festival: International Health Session 5 - From Cuba to Africa: Creating Workable Health Systems in the Global South
  • APHA Film Festival: U.S. Health - Public Health and Human Rights in Health Communication 3 - (Films TBA)
  • ATMCH Business Meeting
  • ATMCH Executive Committee
  • ATMCH Executive Committee
  • ATOD and Sexual Issues Among Students
  • Abortion and PAC Services
  • Abstinence-only Sexuality Education: Program Evaluation
  • Access and the Right to Reproductive Health
  • Access to Care: Addressing Barriers Encountered by Latinos
  • Access to Safe, Quality Abortion Care is a Basic Human Right
  • Access to Testing and Treatment for HIV-Positive Mothers in South Africa: Health and Human Rights
  • Addressing Health Issues Among Vulnerable Populations
  • Addressing STIs and HIV Around the World
  • Adolescent Contraceptive Use
  • Adolescent Health Business Meeting
  • African-American MSM and HIV/AIDS: New Understandings and Innovative Interventions
  • Alternative Approaches to Universal Access to Health Insurance
  • Alternative and Complementary Health Practice Poster Session
  • Alternative and Complementary Health Practice Poster Session
  • Alternative and Complementary Health Practices Around the World
  • Alternative and Complementary Health Practices Poster Session
  • Alternative and Complementary Practices in HIV and Hepatitis
  • American Indian and Alaska Native Health Epidemiology and Research
  • American Indian and Alaska Native Youth
  • Aspects of Quality in the Provision of Domestic Family Planning/Reproductive Health Services
  • Assessing and Intervening with Vulnerable Youth Populations
  • Asthma and other School Health Services Issues
  • Avian Influenza: Lessons Learned During a Year of Global Concern
  • BMI Reporting in Arkansas
  • Beyond the Culture Wars: From Condoms to Abstinence
  • Black South African Women Living With HIV: The Roles of Trauma, Power, And Disclosure In Their Lives
  • Breast Cancer Control in the Rural South: Women's and Providers' Perspectives
  • Breast Cancer, the Uninsured, and Emergency Department Utilization
  • Breast Health, Breast Cancer, and Survivorship
  • Breastfeeding Research and Program Development and Evaluation
  • Breastfeeding and Infant Nutrition Business Meeting
  • Breastfeeding in 2006: More Important Than Ever
  • Breathing Easier with Asthma Education
  • Bridging the Gaps in Health Disparities
  • Building Peace: Initiatives and Education
  • CHWs as Integral Members of the Health Care Delivery Team
  • Cancer: The Promise of Alternative and Complementary Health Practices
  • Capacity Building and Training for CHWs
  • Caring for Vulnerable Populations
  • Cervical Cancer Screening: Not Always Guaranteed
  • Child Care Business Meeting
  • Child Health Issues and Innovations
  • Child Welfare: Displaced families, disabilities, health, and foster care
  • Child and Adolescent Health
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention
  • Children and Adolescents with Disabilities
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs -Poster
  • Clinical Practices Supporting the Right of Babies to be Breastfed
  • Collaborations Among Community Health Workers
  • Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Communications Approaches to Achieve Healthy Lifestyles
  • Community Based Participatory Research
  • Community Connections for Effective School Health
  • Community Partnerships
  • Community and Clinic: Cultural and Institutional Influences on Gender-Based Violence
  • Compromised Air, Water, and Public Works: An International Perspective
  • Conception through Adolescence: Longitudinal Community-Based Studies of Children’s Health
  • Consumer and Family Involvement in Mental Health Treatment Decisions
  • Contemporary Issues and Controversies in Adolescent Health
  • Contraceptive Methods in the Context of Reproductive Health Programs
  • Creating better MCH data
  • Critical Issues Affecting the Sexual Health of Women
  • Current Issues in Women's Health
  • Curtailing the Risk of Chronic Disease among Adolescents
  • Dealing with Asthma in Schools
  • Dealing with Sex in the 21st Century
  • Developing Local and National Policies to Assure Access to Comprehensive Maternity Care
  • Diabetes Epidemiology
  • Disparities in Pregnancy Outcomes and Access To Care: A Human Rights Issue
  • Displaced Populations: Differing Causes, Common Needs
  • Disseminating Health Information
  • Documenting Outcomes and CHW Program Evaluation
  • Drinking and Pregnancy: From Prevention to Management
  • Early intervention Services: An approach to toxic stress in young children
  • Emergency Contraception in Diverse Settings
  • Emergency Preparedness at the Local or State Level
  • Emergency Preparedness in Schools
  • Emergency and Disaster Preparedness II
  • Emergency and Disater Preparedness I
  • Emerging Future Issues in HIV/AIDS Social Research
  • Emerging Issues In Access to HIV/AIDS Care
  • Emerging Issues in HIV Counseling and Testing
  • Emerging Scholars In HIV/AIDS Research
  • Engaging the Community in Nutrition and Obesity Prevention
  • Environmental Justice and Access to Healthy Foods: Developing Community-University Partnerships to Address the Built Environment
  • Environmental health
  • Epidemiological Analysis in MCH - Beyond the Basics
  • Epidemiology & Data Analysis, MCH, Business Meeting
  • Epidemiology of Asthma
  • Epidemiology of Injury
  • Ethics, Human Rights and the HIV/AIDS Crisis in the African American Population
  • Ethnic and Racial Disparities in Access to Care
  • Ethnic and Racial Disparities: The Impact of Culture
  • Evaluation, Accountability and Methods for Effective Assessment of Interfaith and Faith-Based Human Rights Initiatives
  • Factors Affecting Infant Health
  • Faith & Health in Practice
  • Financing and Pharmaceuticals: How Do We Make Cost-Effective Choices?
  • Finding a Healthy Voice in a World of Choice
  • Firearms and Domestic Violence Policy Implications
  • Fitness for School-aged Children and Youth
  • For Everything Else There's....Cost and Financing of Care for CYSHCN
  • From Research to Action: Reducing Perinatal Mortality and SIDS Risks in Multiple Settings
  • Gender, Reproductive Health and Violence
  • General Issues in AI/AN/NH health
  • Genetics & Bioethics, MCH, Business Meeting
  • Get the Lead Out!: A Children's Health Emergency
  • Global Climate Change, Clean Energy and Human Rights
  • Global Issues in HIV/AIDS
  • Global Perspectives: Macro-Level Screening and Surveillance To Improve Pregnancy Outcomes
  • Globalization and Health
  • HIV and Mental Health
  • HIV/AIDS Among Latino and Hispanic Communities In The U.S
  • HIV/AIDS Care And Treatment Issues Among Women
  • HIV/AIDS Issues among Focused Populations
  • HIV/AIDS and Issues Facing Asian and Pacific-Islander Communities
  • HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean
  • HIV/AIDS in the Southern United States
  • HIV/AIDS, Children, And Adolescents
  • HIV/AIDS: New Understanding, Innovative Approaches
  • HIV/STDs/Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force
  • Health & Human Rights: Critical Historical Perspectives from the Cold War to the New World Order
  • Health & Human Rights: Teaching in the Community and the Classroom
  • Health Access for Vulnerable Populations
  • Health Care
  • Health Care Interventions for Refugee and Immigrant Populations
  • Health Care Worker Migration from Developing Countries: What is Happening and Why it Matters
  • Health Disparities among Minority Women
  • Health Education in Action
  • Health Impact of War in the Middle East
  • Health Services Research: Access to Care
  • Health and Access to Care Disparities of Adult and Child Immigrants
  • Health and Human Rights of the Incarcerated
  • Healthcare Worker Health and Safety
  • Hearing and Developmental Screening Practices: A 2006 Update
  • Herbal and Dietary Health Practices
  • High scoring papers for other committees
  • History of Occupational Safety and Health: Does the OSHA Paradigm Work in the 21st Century? An Activist Dialogue
  • Home Visiting: Program Implementation, Monitoring, and Impact Assessment
  • Human Rights Violation in Health
  • Human Rights and Ethical Issues in Health Education
  • Human Rights and Mental Health
  • Human Rights through Global Lens: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Human Rights, Hydrocarbons, and Hozho
  • Human Rights: War, Rape and HIV in Women
  • Human health and the environment: Toward an ecological view
  • Human rights and Public Health: International Perspectives
  • Hurricane Katrina: One Year Later
  • Identifying Health Risks Impacting Refugees, Immigrants and Victims of Human Trafficking
  • Immigrant and Minority Workers
  • Impact of and Response to Gulf Coast Hurricanes
  • Improving Community Health through Participatory Research
  • Improving Latino Access to Care
  • Improving Pregnancy Outcomes
  • Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Business Meeting
  • Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Poster
  • Inequality, Ethics and Human Rights
  • Infant and child health
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology Late Breaker #1
  • Innovations in Access and Equity
  • Innovations in Maternity Health Services Business Meeting
  • Innovations in Maternity Health Services/Policy and Financing Poster
  • Innovative HIV Interventions Among Vulnerable Populations
  • Innovative Strategies and Programs in School Health
  • Innovative Technology-Based Approaches for HIV and STD Prevention
  • Integration Of Information Technology And HIV Care: Outcomes Of The HRSA-Funded SPINS IT Initiative
  • Intention and Contraception
  • Interesting Technology in Four Areas of Public Health
  • Intergenerational Aspects of PFPRH: Parents and Children
  • International Health-MCH
  • International Women's Health Issues
  • Issues and Innovations in PH Nursing Practice
  • Issues in Maternal and Child Health
  • Issues in Public Health Nursing
  • Joint Environment and Nutrition Track: Drugs in our Corn Flakes? Risks to Public Health and the U.S. Food
  • Katrina Related Mental Health Disaster Services for African Americans: Planning for Future Needs and Addressing Unmet Needs
  • LGBT Youth Research
  • Labor, The War in Iraq and Public Health: Part 2 Taking Action, Sponsored by the Labor Caucus and the Peace Caucus
  • Latino Population Human Rights issues
  • Latino Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Latino Youth Gangs and Issues
  • Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Health
  • Lessons Learned: Developing Partnerships, Building Coalitions and Forging Collaborations
  • MCH Business Meeting
  • MCH Governing Councilors
  • MCH Governing Councilors
  • MCH Governing Councilors-2
  • MCH International Health Business Meeting
  • MCH Journal
  • MCH Leadership Meeting
  • MCH Meet the Candidates Meeting
  • MCH Section Combined Papers: Part A: Healthy Child Care America; Part B: Genetics and Bioethics
  • MCH Student Leadership Orientation
  • MCH Student Papers Poster Session
  • MCH Student Papers Session
  • Making Healthy Choices for Reproductive Health
  • Malaria: History, Equity, and Prevention
  • Martha May Eliot Awards Luncheon
  • Martha May Elliot Forum: War, Resources and Maternal-Child Health
  • Massachusetts Community Health Worker Network
  • Maternal Health
  • Maternal Mental Health
  • Maternal Mortality: Do Women have the Right to Safe Childbirth?
  • Maternal and Child Health Issues
  • Maternal, Infant and Child Health Epidemiology
  • Maternal, Infant and Child Health Epidemiology Poster Session
  • Meeting the Health Needs of All Students
  • Men as Fathers
  • Mental Health, Women's Rights, and Overlooked Populations
  • Monitoring and Evaluation as Tools for Assessing the Achievement of Rights
  • Motor Vehicle Related Injuries
  • NGO Community Empowerment Approaches to Improve Child Health: Overview and Three Case Studies
  • Neuro-Developmental Disorders of Childhood
  • New Approaches To Understanding HIV Risk Behavior
  • New Approaches to Smoking Cessation
  • New and Emerging Roles for CHWs, Including Researchers, Patient Navigators, Trainers etc
  • Norms and Sexual Partnerships
  • Nurse-Managed Health Centers: Past, Present, & Future
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity in Schools
  • Obesity Prevention in Youth
  • Options for Childbirth: A Fundamental Woman's Right
  • P Ellen Parsons Memorial Session: Universal Access: At a Tipping Point?
  • Partnerships, Collaborative and Consortiums to Improve Public Safety
  • Perspectives from Community, Agency and Academic Partners on Community-Based Public Health Research and Education
  • Perspectives on Child and Newborn Health
  • Perspectives on Violence Against Women
  • Physical Activity Among Minorities
  • Planning For Pandemic Influenza: Local, State, Tribal and Federal Perspectives
  • Policies and Standards to Insure that No Child is Left Behind
  • Policy Advocacy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Policy Perspectives on Human Rights and Attention to HIV/AIDS Issues
  • Policy and Advocacy Best Practices
  • Post-Katrina and other Services to Address School Mental Health Needs
  • Preconception Care: From Recommendations to Practice
  • Preparation for and Mental Health Effects of Disaster
  • Prevention Strategies for Improved Mother and Child Outcomes
  • Prevention for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS
  • Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections During an Era of Declining Funds and Crumbling Public Health Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Promoting Fitness and Activity for Students
  • Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in Children
  • Promoting and Protecting the Rights of the Child
  • Protecting Children's Environmental Health: Education and Social Justice
  • Protecting the Right of Infants of WIC Participants to Be Breastfed
  • Providing Quality and Culturally Sensitive Multidisciplinary Health Care for Refugees and Immigrants
  • Public Health & Human Rights: The Role of CHWs
  • Public Health Aspects of Second Trimester Abortion Care
  • Public Health and Human Rights: The Role of Community-Based Public Health Research and Education
  • Quality as a Rights Issue
  • Quality of Life for Women: Responses to Lifecourse Events and Disasters
  • Quarantine, Isolation and Other Human Rights Issues in Disease Control and Prevention
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Public Health
  • Reaching Out To Special Groups To Improve HIV and STI Care and Prevention
  • Realizing the Right to Information on Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Reducing Health Disparities through Community-based Public Health: Lessons from the Partnership for the Public's Health Initiative
  • Rejected Abstracts
  • Reproductive Health Programs
  • Reproductive Health among Special Populations
  • Reproductive Health: Innovations, Policy, and Access
  • Reproductive Justice in the Gene Age
  • Research
  • Research Ethics
  • Research on Spirit, Mind and Meditation
  • Right to A Healthy Home
  • Rights-Based Approaches to Sexual and Reproductive Health I
  • Rights-Based Approaches to Sexual and Reproductive Health II
  • Risks, Hazards, Falls and Other Injuries and the Data to Understand Them
  • Rural and Urban Health Issues in Service Provision and Emergency Preparedness
  • School Health Information Privacy Issues; FERPA
  • School Health Issues
  • School-Based Health Care and Services
  • Serving Cultural and Linguistic Minorities in Public Health Social Work with a Focus on Human Rights Issues
  • Sexual Health Issues of Youth
  • Sexual Pleasure and Sexual Health
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease Epidemiology
  • Sids, Infant Mortality and Preterm Birth Business Meeting
  • Social Epidemiology and Minority Health
  • Social Epidemiology: Health Impacts Starting at Conception
  • Social Epidemiology: It's the Neighborhood!
  • Social Justice in Public Health
  • Social Justice, Human Rights, and Health: from Rhetoric to Reality
  • Social Welfare: Mental Health and Human Rights
  • Sociocultural Dimensions of HIV Prevention and Care
  • Somatic and Body Oriented Alternative and Complementary Health Research
  • Strategies for Improving Breastfeeding Outcomes in Vulnerable Populations
  • Strategies for Improving Maternal Health and Child Survival
  • Strategies for Improving US Policy on Domestic and International Reproductive Health
  • Strategies in Obesity Prevention for Children
  • Structural Inequalities and Poverty: Racism and innovative responses to tragedy
  • Student Opportunities for Disaster Education on the Gulf Coast
  • Successful Collaborations, Policies and Programs Supporting the Right of Women to Breastfeed According to National and International Standards
  • Suicide
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Supply and Demand: Contraceptive Procurement and Social Marketing
  • Surveillance
  • Surveillance of Behaviors and Chronic Diseases
  • Taking Care of Mothers
  • Terrorism and Public Health
  • The Circumstances of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • The Commercial Sector and Reproductive Health
  • The Faith Communities, Social Justice and Health Disparities
  • The Influence of Finance and Policy Decisions on Systems Changes and Health Outcomes
  • The Internet: Harnessing Technology for HIV/AIDS Interventions
  • The Legacy of Human Rights Violations: Implications for AI/AN/NH Health
  • The Reproductive Health of Minority Populations in the United States
  • The Right to Become a Parent
  • The Right to Positive Pregnancy Outcomes: Barriers to Care and Other Issues
  • The Role of Private Provider Networks in Expanding Access to Reproductive Health/Family Planning Services
  • The Spectrum of Adolescent Motherhood: from Pregnancy to Parenting
  • The System of Care for Children's Mental Health
  • Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Achieving a New Vision of Reproductive Justice
  • Thirty-Five Years of Community-Based Primary Health Care - The Jamkhed Experience
  • Tools, Resources and Data Sources for Understanding and Preventing Injuries
  • Topics in Adolescent Health Poster
  • Topics in Breastfeeding and Maternal Child Health
  • Topics in HIV/AIDS I
  • Topics in HIV/AIDS II
  • Topics in MCH Epidemiology and Data
  • Topics in Maternal Child Health
  • Toward Affordable Health Care For All: Reflecting on Strategy
  • Training, Reproductive Rights and Abortion
  • Trauma and Mental Health
  • Tuberculosis: Implementing Simple Approaches in High Burden Populations
  • UNITY: A National Violence Prevention Strategy
  • Understanding the Contribution of Race and Racial Stress to Health Outcomes
  • Unintended Pregnancy: Risk and Resilience
  • Unintentional Injuries
  • Vaccine Preventable Disease Epidemiology
  • Various Injury Topics
  • Violence Epidemiology: Violence in and out of the Home
  • Violence Prevention in Families and Community
  • Violence Prevention in Families and Community Business Meeting
  • Violence Prevention in Families and Community Poster
  • Violence, Including Youth, Intimate Partner, Child Maltreatment, Sexual Violence, Gang and Firearm Violence
  • Vision Care in Community Based Programs
  • Vision Issues Concerning Children Including Prevalence, Screening, Identification, Impact on Academic Performance
  • War and Public Health
  • War, Conflict, Refugees, and Detainees: Ethical and Human Rights Issues
  • Water and the Environment: Affecting Health Across Borders
  • Water, Water Everywhere, But Not a Safe Drop to Drink!
  • Web, Media and Learning Innovations in Maternal and Child Health
  • Whither the Welfare State? Reforms of Welfare States
  • Whose Rights? Sexual Values Clarification and HIV Prevention
  • Women and Reproductive Health: From Fertility Awareness to Postpartum Health
  • Women's Choices in Childbirth: Access to Care
  • Women's Health Disparities
  • Women's Health: Gender Imbalance and its Impact
  • Women's Rights are Human Rights: In the US and Around the World
  • Women's Use of Reproductive Health Services
  • Women's Voices in the Movement for National Health Care
  • Working with Special Populations
  • Youth Violence Posters
  • Other Issues of Importance to CHWs
The MCH section attempts to balance our program each year with a mix of program, policy, and scientific work. This includes epidemiologic and outcomes research in MCH; program descriptions of successful and innovative MCH models and programs; MCH health promotion and disease prevention; program planning and evaluation of MCH programs; and public health policy and advocacy strategies in MCH. However, the focus of all abstracts should include public health implications of the program, research or policy being reviewed in the abstract.

Abstracts are judged on clarity of presentation, originality, methodology and contribution to the field of MCH. Highest rated abstracts, based on blinded peer review, are generally selected and placed in sessions according to the overall program plan for that year. Abstracts that include data based on completion of the study or project will have priority.
A two-page summary providing more details on the research or program described in the abstract is strongly recommended. After typing in your abstract on the electronic submission website, press ENTER and then proceed to type in your two-page detailed summary.

Abstracts must be received by deadline stated in the APHA guidelines at the beginning of this call for abstracts. Late submissions or FAX submissions will not be accepted. The MCH Section generally sponsors scientific sessions and poster sessions. Please indicate willingness to participate in each type of format, especially note if you are unable or unwilling to participate in a poster session. Please also note if you are a current student as MCH sponsors special student programs.

For the 2006 conference, the MCH section is soliciting abstracts for two special categories:

1. A special student session. Topics must be related to the field of MCH but may cover a variety of discipline topics including all those listed above. Papers will be reviewed by leaders in the field of MCH and the top 5 scoring abstracts will be presented at a special oral session at the annual convention to recognize students entering the field of MCH. An award will be given to the student with the highest scoring abstract. Papers not selected for the special student session will be forwarded to other MCH Section committees for consideration in other scientific sessions at the annual meeting.

2. Technology Theater Sessions. These sessions enable presenters to access the Internet for their presentations and makes available to them special equipment (e.g. CD Rom players, special computer software, special computer attachments, telephone line, etc). If your presentation is "technology dependent" please submit your abstract to this session (please note this DOES NOT include a need for a PowerPoint projector).
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Program Planner Contact Information:
Carol Nelson, CPM,LM
The Farm Clinic & Midwifery Center
107 The Farm
Summertown, TN 38483
Phone: 931-964-2293
Fax: 931-964-4892
cpmcnel@usit.net