2012 CityMatCH Conference

Advancing Partnerships: Data, Practice, and Policy

December 12-14, 2012
San Antonio, Texas

For over 20 years, the CityMatCH Annual Conference of Urban Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs and leaders has been recognized for cutting-edge MCH content, in-depth skills-building sessions, and great professional camaraderie. In 2012, participants had the unique opportunity to experience the CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership Conference co-hosted with the 18th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology (MCH EPI) Conference.

This year's conference, titled "Advancing Partnerships: Data, Practice, and Policy," recognized that partnerships are critical to MCH. Our co-hosted conference was  a reflection of this core MCH component. This conference embraced theinterconnectedness of data, practice, and policy exemplified by the Richmond-Kotelchuck Three Factor Approach to Health Policy* (knowledge base, political will, social strategy) and its adaptation: the CityMatCH Data Use Triangle (data, program, policy). It recognized the essential partnerships within and across each of these domains that are necessary for optimal maternal and child health. These models represent the strength and synergy we acknowledged and celebrated as we co-hosted this unique 2012 conference, while maintaining the core identity of each conference.

* Richmond JB, Kotelchuck M. Political influences: rethinking national health policy. In: Mcguire C,  Foley R, Gorr A, Richards R, eds. Handbook of Health Professions Education. San Francisco, Calif: Jossey-Bass Publishers; 1993:386–404.

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