EPIDEMIOLOGY & EVALUATION

Overview

Our Equity, Epidemiology and Evaluation team advocates for the effective use of evidence-based strategies, quality data, valid and reliable measures, and effective data translation and communication.

 

Current Initiatives

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What is Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology?

The systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of population-based, program-specific health and/or related data to: 

  • Assess the distribution and determinants of the health status of the MCH population
  • Determine needs of the maternal child population for the purpose of planning, implementing of science-based strategies

Promote MCH and related policy development
(Phillips, Sappenfield, Adler & Kogan, 2012)

How Do We Support Effective Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology?

Vision: To assure that MCH practices, programs, policies, and initiatives are equitable, evidence-based, and data-informed.​

Mission: To be leaders and experts in providing support, training, and resources to build the capacity and advance optimal health through:​

  • Advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion for all populations​
  • Supporting evidence-based/research-informed public health practice​
  • Practicing and modeling sound evaluation methods ​
  • Advocating for representative, timely, and accurate data and data communications/translation
  •  Developing valid and reliable metrics​
  • Assisting with data capacity

How Can We Support You?

We provide and organize technical assistance (TA) on epidemiology and data related issues. To request epidemiology related TA, please click here and tell us about your epidemiology needs! 

Examples of TA that can be requested include but are not limited to:

  • Data linkage
  • Life course indicator analysis
  • Survey data analysis
  • Infographics and data visualization
  • Evaluation design and measurement

We look forward to hearing from you!

Current Areas of Focus

Organizational Metrics 

  • Dashboard and Reports
  • Collection Process and Database

Health Equity

  • HE Research Agenda
  • Track HE Efforts (internal & External)
  • Support and Progress of HE throughout AMCHP

Epidemiology & Data

  • Internal and External Epidemiology Support & TA
  • MCH Research and Statistical Analysis
  • Data Translation and Communications

Evaluation

  • Program Metrics & Evaluation
  • Grant/Cooperative Agreement Support
  • Internal and External TA 

AMCHP Life Course Indicators

  • Maintenance
  • Exploration of new metrics
  • Application

Areas of Interest

  • Health Equity Across All MCH Domains & Programs
  • Leadership Development  & Engagement – MCH Epidemiologists
  • Operationalization of Racial Justice and Reconciliation
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Prevention & Education of HIV/AIDS

Visit our Resources library for information about data and assessment practices in maternal and child health.

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Cheryl L. Clark, DrPH, RHIA

Associate Director, Equity, Epidemiology, & Evaluation
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Mikayla Frye, MPH

Program Analyst, Equity, Epidemiology, & Evaluation
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Courtney Salley, MPH, CHES

Program Manager, Equity, Metrics & Evaluation
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