CityLights

CityLights is CityMatCH's quarterly newsletter, published under a cooperative agreement with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau/Health Resources and Services Administration and distributed nationwide by CityMatCH. Recent issues have included Building Communities through Collaboration, Tipping the Scales of Justice: Advancing Health Equity in America, and Underutilized MCH Data Sources. Regular features include data reports from our membership sites and national urban MCH partners, profiles of urban MCH programs, regional news, and articles from urban MCH program directors and leaders. To be added to the CityLights distribution list, please become an Associate Member (membership is free). For all questions, please contact our office at 402-552-9500 or citymch@unmc.edu.

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Using Collective Impact to Address MCH Priorities

Volume: 
Vol. 23
Issue: 
No.2
Collective Impact

Working in isolation, health departments can only do so much to impact Maternal & Child Health (MCH) priorities. In our latest cooperative agreement with the Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB), we began the Collective Impact Learning Collaborative aimed at aligning state and local priorities to address MCH outcomes. Through this collaborative, local urban health departments have implemented Collective Impact strategies—engaging in multi-level, cross-sector interventions— to address one of their state’s Title V priorities at the local level. 

The Well-Woman: Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

Volume: 
Vol. 23
Issue: 
No.1

The well-woman is found at the intersection of reproductive health, rights, and justice. To improve women’s health and health outcomes, the MCH field must begin to focus on the health of the whole woman and ensure a woman-friendly health system for all women at the local, state and federal level. In order to create a woman-friendly health system, the focus must be placed equally on reproductive justice, health and rights. Addressing the complex health issues and health systems issues will require a complex solution. Simply addressing one component of women’s health will not be enough.

Local Responses: Zika Prevention

Volume: 
Vol. 22
Issue: 
No.2

As the summer has progressed, experts have learned more and more about Zika virus and associated health risks. While more is known, there is more to learn about this emerging health threat; one that’s not going away anytime soon.

It’s increasingly apparent that local health professionals are at the forefront of protecting women and families from exposure to Zika virus.

Natural Place To Address Early Adversity

Volume: 
Vol. 22
Issue: 
No.1
Adverse Childhood Experiences, Local Maternal and Child Health, Toxic Stress, Resilience

It's becoming more common knowledge and less break-through finding. Early-in-life exposure to an adverse or traumatic experience is linked to poor later-in-life health outcomes and these experiences are far more common than we once knew.i, ii As the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) research body continues to grow, so too does the need for work that prevents and mitigates the effects of exposure. Is there a ‘natural place’ to address early adversity?

A Missing Piece of MCH

Volume: 
Vol. 21
Issue: 
No.4

Throughout the past decade the health status of our nation’s adolescents has become of increasing concern to many in the field of Maternal Child Health. While we have the research and ability to implement programmatic initiatives to improve the health of our nation’s adolescents, far too often, funding and policy priorities curb efforts to do just that.

In this issue of CityLights you will find editorials that touch on issues or topics that pertain to adolescent health, submitted by a variety of professionals. This issue is not a compilation of all things adolescent health, rather it aims to spur conversation around all things adolescent health.

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