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Professional Organizations

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners – AANP provides nurse practitioners with a unified way to network and advocate for nurse practitioners issues and it was the first national organization created for nurse practitioners of all specialties. 

American Academy of Pediatrics – AAP and its member pediatricians dedicate their efforts to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

American Academy of Physician Assistants – The mission of the AAPA is to promote quality, cost-effective, accessible healthcare, and to promote the professional and personal development of physician assistants.

American Association of Birth Centers – AABC is an association for parents, parents-to-be, and expectant families, health care workers including midwives, OB/GYN doctors and nurses, and professionals who specialize in prenatal and postnatal care.

American College of Nurse Midwives – The mission of ACNM is to promote the health and well-being of women and infants through the support of certified nurse-midwives and certified midwives.

American College of Nurse Practitioners – The mission of the ACNP is to ensure a solid policy and regulatory foundation that enables nurse practitioners to provide accessible, high quality health care.

American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists – ACOG is the nation’s leading group of professionals providing health care for women.

American Nurses Association – ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation’s 2.9 million registered nurses through its 54 constituent member associations.

American Psychiatric Association – APA’s U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders.

American Psychological Association – APA is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States and is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

American Public Health Association – APHA aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities.

American Social Health Association – ASHA is dedicated to improving the health of individuals, families, and communities, with a focus on preventing sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

Association of Maternal & Child Health Care Programs – AMCHP supports state maternal and child health programs and provides national leadership on issues affecting women and children, especially those who are low-income and underserved.

Association of Professors of Gynecology & Obstetrics – APGO promotes excellence in women’s health care by providing optimal resources and support to educators who instruct, develop and empower women’s health care providers of tomorrow.

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric & Neonatal Nurses – AWHONN improves and promotes the health of women and newborns and strengthens the nursing profession through the delivery of superior advocacy, research, education and other resources to health care professionals.

CityMatCH – The mission of CityMatCH is to improve the health and well-being of urban women, children and families by strengthening the public health organizations and leaders in their communities.

Midwives Alliance of North America – MANA is a professional organization for all midwives, recognizing the diversity of educational backgrounds and practice styles within the profession; it also welcomes student and midwifery advocate members.

National Association of Certified Professional Midwives – The mission of the NACPM is to significantly increase women’s access to midwives by supporting the work and practice of Certified Professional Midwives, a strong and growing group of maternity care professionals.

National Association of Social Workers – NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world; it works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

National Healthy Start Association-As the membership association for the federal Healthy Start programs, NHSA promotes the development of community-based maternal and child health programs, particularly those addressing the issues of infant mortality, low birth weight and racial disparities in perinatal outcomes.

National Rural Health Association – NRHA is a member-driven organization that provides leadership on rural health issues.

Nurse Family Partnership – Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based, nurse home visiting program that improves the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents and their children.

Pennsylvania State Nurses Association – PSNA advances the identity, integrity and continuity of the nursing profession by providing access to education, improving knowledge and skills, supporting the nursing profession with Commonwealth policymakers, legislators and regulators, and offering valued information and services for professional practice.

Visiting Nurse Association of America – VNAA supports, promotes and advances the nation’s network of Visiting Nurse Agencies who provide cost-effective and compassionate home healthcare to some of the nation’s most vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

Zero to Three  – Zero to Three is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.



Governmental agencies

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S.

Pennsylvania Department of Health, Family Health Services – The Bureau of Family Health’s goal is to maintain and improve the health of pregnant women, infants, children and their families through education and health promotion, food benefits and improved access to quality health care.

Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Child Development & Early Learning (OCDEL) – The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has focused on creating opportunities for the Commonwealth’s youngest children to develop and learn to their fullest potential. This goal is accomplished through a framework of supports and systems that help ensure that children and their families have access to high quality services.

Women’s – The National Women’s Health Information Center (NWHIC) is a service of the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NWHIC is the most reliable and current information resource on women’s health today that offers free women’s health information on more than 800 topics through their call center and web site.

World Health Organization (WHO) --WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-bas



MCH Resources

Education Resources Information Center, Guide to Federal Resources in Maternal & Child Health – Designed to simplify the search for federal government resources on maternal and child health, this guide was prepared for use by health professionals, educators, administrators, and the general public. It describes over 250 resources in prenatal, infant, child, and adolescent health.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration – HRSA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Maternal & Child Health Bureau – The MCHB Discretionary Grant Information System (DGIS) collects program and performance measure data for more than 900 grants annually. MCHB discretionary grants help to ensure that quality health care is available to the maternal and child health (MCH) population.




Advocacy & MCH Policy Organizations

amfAR: The Foundation for AIDS Research

Children’s Defense Fund – CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. 

County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania – CCAP is a statewide association representing the commissioners, chief clerks, administrators, their equivalents in home rule counties and solicitors of Pennsylvania’s sixty-seven counties. The Association strives to educate and inform the public, administrative, legislative, regulatory bodies, decision makers and the media about county government.

National Association of State Legislatures, Maternal & Child Health Section – Both federal and state funds contribute to MCH-related programs, such as the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant; Medicaid; the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP); the Healthy Start Initiative; the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program; and the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).  States also play an important role in administering these programs.

National Governor’s Association, Maternal & Child Health Section – Since 1990, the NGA Center has partnered with the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau to track and report on state efforts to expand Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover pregnant women, children, and families.

Prevent Child Abuse America – the mission of the organization is to prevent the abuse and neglect of the nation’s children.

SafeKids Worldwide – Safe Kids Worldwide promotes changes in attitudes, behaviors, laws and the environment to prevent accidental injury to children. 

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy – seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation.

National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association - a non-profit membership organization established to ensure access to voluntary, comprehensive, and culturally sensitive family planning and reproductive health care services and to support reproductive freedom for all.

The United States Conference of Mayors - The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. The primary roles of The U.S. Conference of Mayors are to: promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy; strengthen federal-city relationships; ensure that federal policy meets urban needs; provide mayors with leadership and management tools; and create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information. 




Job Opportunities

Explore Health, Maternal & Child Health Care – is a free, multi-disciplinary, interactive health careers website designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers.



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