Since 1997, Altarum Institute has been awarded several successive contracts to operate what is now called the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology and Statistics Program, which supports the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s efforts to strengthen the capacity of federal, state, and local MCH programs to collect, analyze, and use data for planning and policymaking. The major tasks of the MCHESP include the following:
- Maintaining the Graduate Student Epidemiology Program, which sponsors the placement of up to 30 graduate students each year in state and city health departments to conduct projects relating to needs assessment, evaluation, and data analysis. View the summer 2017 GSEP program guide highlighting current opportunities.
- Conducting the DataSpeak audio conference series, which offers training sessions on data-related MCH issues through the telephone and the Internet
- Developing data books presenting the findings of national surveys, including the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs and the National Survey of Children’s Health
- Producing the annual Child Health USA and Women’s Health USA publications in print and online
- Providing scientific and technical support to the Office of Epidemiology and Research staff in the conduct of data analyses and preparation of scientific articles
- Providing support and TA to state and local MCH programs in the development of articles based on their evaluation findings and local studies