While many costly, chronic illnesses can be prevented from preconception through childhood, interventions for the long-term are often passed over in favor of short-term health improvements and immediate savings. As a result, advocacy for MCH often requires the use of cost-based arguments in addition to research and science.
The following resources are designed to help public health advocates make a compelling business case for maternal and child health.
Tennessee: Nurse Family Partnership Program (pdf)Summary of the cost savings of a home visiting program that provides services to low income pregnant women and their children.
Washington: Community-Based Feeding Teams (pdf)Summary of the cost savings of a nutrition program for children with special health care needs.
Glossary: Making the Case for MCH Programs (pdf)Glossary: Making the Case for MCH Programs
The following is a literature review of current peer-reviewed studies regarding cost data and maternal and child health. The entries are arranged by topic (e.g. prenatal smoking) and include a brief summary of the study, bulleted findings, identified limitations, and a link to the original article or abstract.
ASTHO has not endorsed nor formally evaluated the reliability or validity of the studies included on this page.
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