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Research & Data

HRSA supports applied research into persistent and emerging maternal and child health problems and assessment and surveillance to inform policy and program development.


Maternal and Child Health Research Program funds studies that have potential for application to MCH practice and policy. Current areas of interest for funding are eliminating health disparities within MCH populations, increasing quality of care, promoting healthy development, and improving the effectiveness of service systems. 

Research Networks R40 Multi-Year and R40 Secondary Data Analysis Studies

Combating Autism Initiative funds research on evidence-based interventions to improve the physical and behavioral health of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities.

Maternal and Child Health Journal Articles and Book Chapters by HRSA staff

National Surveys

National Survey of Children’s Health and National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs  are conducted every two years in alternating years, providing data about child health and well-being at the state and national levels.  Chart Books are derived from survey data.

The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) and the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) are being redesigned and will become a single survey, the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), that will be conducted annually. Both the content and methodology of this combined survey will be refined through 2016 to ensure that it meets the needs of data users. The first public release of data is scheduled for Spring 2017.

Data Analysis

MCHB staff and external colleagues conduct secondary data analyses on a number of MCH-related databases, among them the MCHB-sponsored national surveys, and publish findings in leading medical and public health journals. The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program, and Statistics Program helps MCH practitioners on the Federal, State and local levels to improve their capacity to gather, analyze and use data for planning and policymaking. Concurrently, the Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center provides easy access to data from the MCHB-sponsored national surveys for MCH practitioners on the Federal, State and local levels through user-customized data searchers and fact sheets.

State and National Data

Title V Information System (TVIS) collects the program, performance and financial data on the Maternal and Child Health Block Grants which are awarded to the 59 States and Jurisdictions. This block grant aims to create and sustain the federal-State partnerships to develop service systems in our nation's communities that can meet the critical challenges facing maternal and child health.

Discretionary Grants Information System (DGIS) captures program and performance data from the more than 900 maternal and child health grants HRSA makes each year. These grants help to ensure that the Nation's women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families, including fathers and children with special health care needs, have access to quality health care.