Throughout the past decade the health status of our nation’s adolescents has become of increasing concern to many in the field of Maternal Child Health. While we have the research and ability to implement programmatic initiatives to improve the health of our nation’s adolescents, far too often, funding and policy priorities curb efforts to do just that.
In this issue of CityLights you will find editorials that touch on issues or topics that pertain to adolescent health, submitted by a variety of professionals. This issue is not a compilation of all things adolescent health, rather it aims to spur conversation around all things adolescent health.
As the roles and responsibilities of public health professionals all around the country continue to evolve, I keep thinking to myself, ‘what an exciting time to be a part of the Maternal and Child Health field.’
Every day, professionals are developing a better understanding of the health issues affecting women, children, and families in our communities, and are coming up with creative, informed ways to prevent disease and promote health.
This issue of CityLights features articles that are a collective call to action in the battle to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission (EMCT). Featuring articles on the national EMCT stakeholders group, which is using local data and actions to influence a national movement, in-depth information on the FIMR/HIV Prevention Methodology (www.fimrhiv.org), and the local perspective on FIMR/HIV, this issue will broaden your understanding of mother-to-child HIV transmission and why it is important for MCH.
This issue of CityLights offers readers an opportunity to learn more about the exceptional sessions and speakers that were featured at the 2012 CityMatCH Conference cohosted with the MCH EPI Conference. This latest issue of CityLights includes an in-depth look at topics "The Changing Health Care Landscape," "Improving MCH in America," "Adolescence and the Life Course," "Health Equity in MCH Populations," "Using the Principles of Complex Systems Thinking," and more!
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