Maternal & Child Health Center of Excellence.

We are proud to be one of thirteen MCH Centers of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Education, Science and Practice, funded for thirty years (1995-2025) by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources Service Administration.

Aim: To prepare emerging leaders in the field – design and manage community programs, advocate for justice in national policies, develop communication strategies, and participate on interdisciplinary research teams.

Core Values: health equity; racial, gender, and economic justice; and life course approaches to promote the health and well-being of women and all pregnant and parenting people, children, youth, and all families as they progress through the life course.


  1. Develop curriculum infused with racial, social, and gender justice values and strengthen critical thinking, analytic, and writing skills.
  2. Strengthen a diverse MCH workforce prepared to lead in the movement for health equity and justice.
  3. Equip MCH trainees to work effectively as members of interprofessional teams.
  4. Generate, translate, and disseminate evidence that contributes to MCH practice across the life course.
  5. Engage trainees, faculty in innovative academic-community partnerships to enrich education, research, practice.

For more information please visit our Center website:

The Center of Excellence in Maternal & Child Health website is currently being updated. Please visit after October 1, 2020. In the meantime, please access the most current information here.

Center of Excellence Website

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PI: Lois McCloskey, MPH, DrPH