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date: 07 December 2023

Maternal and Child Healthlocked

Maternal and Child Healthlocked

  • Valire Carr CopelandValire Carr CopelandSchool of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
  •  and Daniel Hyung Jik LeeDaniel Hyung Jik LeeSchool of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh


Social reform efforts of the settlement-house movement have provided, in part, the foundation for today’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s policies, programs, and services. Planning, implementing, and evaluating policies and programs that affect the health and well-being of mothers and children require a multidisciplinary approach. Social workers, whose skills encompass direct services, advocacy, planning and research, community development, and administration, have a critical role to play in improving the health outcomes of maternal and child populations.


  • Children and Adolescents
  • Couples and Families
  • Disabilities
  • Health Care and Illness
  • Populations and Practice Settings

Updated in this version

The sections “Federal and State Legislation,” “Contemporary MCH Issues,” “The Role of Social Work in the Maternal and Child Health Arena” updated. Bibliography expanded and updated.

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