Data and Research Overview

We conduct research and analysis, collect data, and build the capacity of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) researchers to equip decision-making at the national, state, and local levels.  We use data to:

  • Monitor and improve our programs’ performance
  • Track improvements and gaps in the health and well-being of mothers, children, and families
  • Decide where and how to direct our funding
  • Measure disparities and advance equity by collecting data on different demographic factors, like race and income, disability and health status

Our approach

We provide leadership for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) research by:

  • Funding projects to advance national MCH research priorities
  • Responding to emerging issues affecting MCH populations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Bringing together researchers from different MCH specialties and geographic regions into MCH research networks
  • Training MCH professionals as researchers and data users to inform decision-making

Our investments

  • Funding researchers to explore how families, neighborhoods, health care services, and health policies affect maternal and child health
    Details about our research networks and projects
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  • Conducting our own research to understand the patterns and causes of health issues, identifying groups of people who are at increased risk of poor health outcomes, and supporting program approaches that improve MCH
  • Strengthening state data capacity to improve measurement, analysis, and data linkages for the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant and other investments

Our funded data collection

We take a lead role within HRSA and the federal government to:

  • Provide annual data on the health and well-being of U.S. children, age 0-17 years. We do this by funding and directing the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH)
  • Provide data on the health and well-being of mothers and children in the five U.S. territories and three freely associated states in the Pacific through the Maternal and Child Health Jurisdictional Survey (MCH-JS)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we

Our program performance data

We collect and analyze data to monitor our programs’ progress and performance as they work to improve maternal and child health outcomes.

Publicly available data and research

Researchers, policymakers, advocates, states, and local communities use our data and research to understand the needs of children, women and mothers, and families to improve how they meet those needs.

Webinars, conferences, and training courses to develop the MCH workforce

We offer opportunities to help MCH professionals develop research and epidemiological skills.

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Date Last Reviewed:  September 2021