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Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 236–239 | Cite as

Challenges and Opportunities Facing Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Professionals

  • Laura Kavanagh
Commentary

The challenges facing today’s maternal and child health (MCH) professionals will require leaders who can adapt to a dramatically changing public health and health care landscape, and also make decisions and move forward with incomplete information [1]. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act) outlines promising new opportunities for seamlessly moving between personal health care and population health, which are critical if as a nation we are to achieve the triple aim of health reform of improved quality, increased emphasis on population health, and decreased costs [2, 3]. However, challenges also abound. Areas of concern include shrinking public health budgets, an aging workforce, reorganizations, furloughs, and vacant public health positions for which health agencies are not recruiting [4, 5]. MCH professionals have a long and rich history of successfully overcoming challenges to assure the health of the nation’s mothers and children, as evidenced from...

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Leadership Development Workforce Development Title Versus Public Health Workforce Public Health Position 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Health Resources and Services AdministrationMaternal and Child Health BureauRockvilleUSA

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