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MCH Measurement Research Network (MRN)

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Principal Investigator: Lawrence Kleinmnan
Project Number: U3DMC32755
Grantee: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Project Date: 09/01/2019


  • Prenatal
  • Perinatal/Infancy (0-12 months)
  • Toddlerhood (13-35 months)
  • Early Childhood (3-5 years)
  • Middle Childhood (6-11 years)
  • Adolescence (12-18 years)
  • Women/Maternal

Targeted/Underserved Population

  • African American
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Native American/Alaskan Native
  • Low-income



Maternal and Child Health (MCH) suffers from a relative deficit as compared to adult health in measures that stimulate and support efforts to improve outcomes and make them more equitable. Specifically, MCH requires enhancements of MCH researchers' capacity to measure the value of care to maternal and child population regarding positive health and family engagement. Without such advances, MCH populations may be systematically disadvantaged even by well-intended health policies and practices.

Goal(s) and Objectives:

1) Increase the quality of options available for MCH measurement by convening and deploying a collaborative infrastructure for multi-site MCH measurementresearch. 2) Develop, Evaluate and Assess prioritized MCH measures for use in specified populations and contexts using the Collaborating Research Entity environment developed by the Network. Support and advocate for their thoughtful implementation.3) Identify opportunities for and promote the translation of our findings into policy and practice for the benefit of health and health equity in MCH populations. 4) Renew, revise, and disseminate research agenda for MCH measurement annually, while maintaining, updating and communicating the MCH MRN measure compendium. PROPOSED ACTIVITIES AND TARGET POPULATION(S): Convene, develop, and extend an interdisciplinary Network for MCH measurement research; engage a diverse group of key stakeholders; Support, inform, and leverage research and evaluation regarding HRSA-funded and other MCH activities; update and disseminate a research agenda and compendium of existing MCH measures; and generate, conduct, and disseminate multi-site assessments of potential metrics and methods for MCH research. Innovations include the novel integration of several key HRSA and NIH-funded research networks, the initial focus and the conceptual framing that fills a gap in assessing the value of MCH services.


The applicant will develop the network as a community of practice using principles of engagement. It will be a dynamic, growing collaboration partnered with HRSA MCHB. Monthly meetings will help to ensure effective coordination among our interdisciplinary Collaborating Research Entities (CRE), which include the AAAP PROS research network; HRSA funded Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCNet) research network; NIH-funded Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) research program's Person Reported Outcomes (PRO) Core; clinical practices that care for diverse pediatric populations including socially disadvantaged, complex, and with developmental disabilities; and an electronic health record databases. PRODUCTS: New metrics and new knowledge regarding their use. Peer reviewed publications and online and networked dissemination, Updated MCH MRN research agenda and compendium of measures for potential use in MCH research and evaluation. Dissemination includes exhibiting at national meetings, publication, white papers and social media.


Consistent with our logic model, we will describe activities, outputs, and outcomes of our work, including the diverse stakeholder engagement.


Listed is descending order by year published.

" Muchomba, F., Teitler, J., Kruse, L., Reichman, N. Municipality-level variation in severe maternal morbidity and association with municipal expenditures in New Jersey. JAMA Network Open 2021; 4(11): e2135161. "

Corman, H., Dave, D., Reichman, N. Age gradient in women’s crime: the role of welfare reform. Feminist Criminology 2021; 16(5): 631–657. 

Hedges, A., Corman, H., Noonan, K., Reichman, N. Gestational age at term and educational outcomes at age nine. Pediatrics 2021; 148(2): e2020021287.  

James C, Corman H, Noonan K, Reichman NE, Jimenez ME. Adolescent Chronic Health Conditions and School Disconnectedness. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2021 Jun 29. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000987. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34191763. 

Teitler, J., Wood, B., Zeng, W., Martinson, M., Plaza, R., Reichman, N. Racial-ethnic inequality in cardiovascular health in the U.S.: does it mirror socioeconomic inequality? Annals of Epidemiology 2021; 62: 84–91. 

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