The Maternal and Child Health Digital Library

About the MCH Digital Library

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Digital Library provides access to current evidence to promote maternal and child health for State Title V programs, community agencies, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and families. The library also provides access to selected historical materials from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and related programs.

The MCH Digital Library is maintained by the Welch Medical Library at the Johns Hopkins University. It represents one goal of the Strengthen the Evidence project, under the direction of Cynthia Minkovitz, PI. The Library is funded through a cooperative agreement (HRSA-15-035) with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

History of the MCH Digital Library

The MCH Library was established in 1982 at Georgetown University with funding from the MCHB. For more than 30 years, the MCH Library provided print and digital materials to support best practices in MCH for health professionals, policymakers, family advocates, community service professionals, MCH and public health faculty and students, families, and the public. This resource included the MCH Alert; a variety of databases; knowledge paths; family resource briefs; bibliographies; and other information. The physical collection was housed in the Mary C. Egan Maternal and Child Health Library, one of the six libraries of Georgetown University.

In 2014, the MCH Library at Georgetown became the MCH Knowledge Base and Library Collection and continues to provide access to print and online materials addressing a variety of areas of MCH practice. Selected materials were transferred to the Welch Medical Library and form the core of the new MCH Digital Library.

A Part of the Strengthen the Evidence Project

The MCH Digital Library is an important component of the Strengthen the Evidence project. The overarching goal of the Strengthen the Evidence initiative is to provide support and resources to assist State Title V MCH programs in developing evidence-based or evidence-informed State Action Plans and in responding to the National Outcomes Measures, National Performance Measures, State Performance Measures and state-initiated Structural/Process Measures.

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