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Office of Epidemiology and Research (OER)

We conduct and fund research that scientists, medical professionals, and policy makers use to advance the health and well-being of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) populations.

Our office has two divisions:

Division of Epidemiology (DOE)

  • Funds and directs the National Survey of Children’s Health
  • Provides training and resources to build the capacity of MCH epidemiologists

Division of Research (DOR)

  • Funds and oversees research in maternal and child health with a special focus on autism and health equity
  • Sets out Strategic Research Issues guidance for existing and potential grantees that defines what we want to accomplish through our funded research

Key Accomplishments

Broadly, we advance MCH population health through:

Child health surveys

  • Funding and directing the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), an annual household survey of children’s health and well-being. The NSCH provides national- and state-level data on a variety of key child health indicators, including:

    • Medical home access
    • Presence and impact of special health care needs
    • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
    • Healthy and Ready to Learn

Access our recent NSCH publications and data releases

  • Partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to sponsor content on the Household Pulse Survey to monitor, in “real time”, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on disruptions in child care, use of telehealth, and missed or delayed preventive care.
  • Managing the NSCH Longitudinal Cohort study to follow up with 2018-2019 NSCH respondents. This will provide publicly available data on longer-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. children and their families.

Building MCH epidemiological capacity

Funding research

In addition to our NSCH, we have funded over 350 awardees since 2000 through:

Resulting in:

  • Over 1,900 peer-reviewed research journal publications

In FY 2020, our Research Network and Single Investigator Innovation Program grantees have:

  • Distributed 17 clinical guidelines to transform care
  • Conducted over 144 studies across 238 research sites
  • Enrolled nearly 4 million individuals in primary and secondary research

Supporting Researchers

Consider joining our
Engaging Research Innovation and Challenges (EnRICH) webinar series which:

  • Provides a national forum for researchers to discuss new solutions to maternal and child health research and practice
  • Provides guidance on how to improve both the grant-writing and research process and respond to emerging issues
  • Engages an average of more than 200 participants from the fields of public health, medicine, nursing, epidemiology, nutrition, psychology, social work, and special education

Contact Us

Michael D. Kogan, Ph.D.
Director

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