MCH Knowledge Base/Public Health Context
Module 1.0: Overview
Maternal and child health (MCH) is a specialty area within the larger field of public health, distinguished by:
- Promotion of the health and well-being of all women, children, adolescents/young adults, and families, especially in geographically isolated and economically or medically vulnerable populations
- Particular attention directed to the MCH population domains: maternal/ women's health, adolescent/young adult health, perinatal/infant health, children with special health care needs, child health, and cross-cutting/life course
- A focus on individuals as well as the families, communities, and systems of care that support these individuals
- A life course perspective as an organizing framework that acknowledges distinct periods in human development and presents both risks and opportunities for interventions to make lasting improvements.
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