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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Viewed through the Lens: Urban MCH and the Life Course

Volume: 
Vol. 17
Issue: 
No.1

Many readers are familiar to varying degrees with "Life Course" models or perspectives which generally propose that unique combinations of biological, behavioral, psychological, and social protective and risk factors can impact health outcomes during the lifespan and perhaps even across generations. The September 2008 CityMatCH Urban MCH Leadership Conference has been framed around this bold set of ideas.

Let’s Form a New MCH Alliance

Volume: 
Vol. 16
Issue: 
No.4

CityView Editorial by Carol Synkewecz, MPH
MCH Director, Duval County Public Health
Department, Jacksonville, FL

If local, state, and national MCH priorities were more fully aligned, would it make a difference for women, children and families? My answer is a simple, “Yes.”

Disparities in Urban Adolescent Health: What Do the Data Tell Us?

Volume: 
Vol. 16
Issue: 
No.2

Many of our members may be familiar with Dr. Camara Jones’ provocative allegory to illustrate the levels of racism – institutionalized, personally mediated, and internalized –previously published in CityLights (“Interchange 2002: Best Practices for Systems Change,” Vol. 11, No. 2, Conference 2002).

Improving Mental Health in Urban MCH

Volume: 
Vol. 16
Issue: 
No.1

Lately, it seems as if the nation’s attention has been more focused on the complex interplay of mental health factors impacting the social well-being of people and communities. Events such as the shooting recently played out on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University make for headline news, but maternal and child health populations in our nation’s cities face a myriad of mental health concerns each and every day.  Read more...

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