Conference Theme

At the close of the 2008 CityMatCH Conference in Albuquerque, the final speaker, Dr. Michael Lu, reminded us that "we can do better" in maternal and child health practice. The coming years will be a time of change for MCH. Budget cuts have MCH professionals struggling to prioritize services and programs for women, children and families. At the same time, new ideas for reframing urban MCH around a Life Course Health Development Model have re-energized the field.

With this as background, the 2009 Conference built upon these intersecting issues. In New Orleans, the conference sessions, speakers and activities suggested that moving forward in urban MCH would require evidence, innovation and leadership. Specifically, local MCH leaders will need to:

  • Recognize and expand the evidence base
  • Value and implement innovation in practice and policy
  • Develop and demonstrate leadership

As we close out 2009 and head into our 20th anniversary year, CityMatCH encourages you to read through the materials below, to refocus your work towards evidence, innovation and leadership, and to re-inspire yourself about the work you do each and every day for the women, children and families in urban communities nationwide.

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