Maternal and Child Health "System" Organization: Ideas, People, Events/Context, and Fundamental Questions

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Date Developed: 2011. Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Presenter(s): Holly Grason, MA. Type: Narrated Slide Presentation. Level: Introductory. Length: 47 minutes.


In this presentation, Holly Grason explains the organizational and funding structure for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) system. Ms. Grason begins with an overview of the basic characteristics of the US Health Care System, including the private/public coverage mix. She goes on to highlight the organization of the MCH “System” and its influence on health care and health services. A PDF of the presentation slides is available at

Learning Objectives

• Describe the "organization" of public programming for maternal and child health (MCH) populations.

• Discuss major historical forces shaping MCH.

• Discuss the array and sequence of MCH-related legislation.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.