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Partnerships & Collaborations


CityMatCH is a freestanding national membership organization of city and county health departments’ MCH programs and leaders representing urban communities in the United States. 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. CityMatCH is funded in part through cooperative agreements with MCHB and the CDC. Additional support is provided by the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the National MOD.

Communication Vehicles: Ask-A-Colleague Service is a fax network which can be used by individual members to ask colleagues around the country specific questions related to MCH. CityMatCH NewsBriefs is a bi-weekly e-mail summary news service to members and colleagues. CityLights is a quarterly newsletter for membership sites and national urban MCH partners. Emerging Issues in MCH is a monthly teleconference that highlights research and information on different MCH topics. Guest speakers from national organizations and local public health agencies discuss their experiences and share information on programs related to the featured topic.

Data: City-specific data reports consist of national, comparative data regarding specific urban MCH issues such as women’s health, infant mortality, LBW or late-entry prenatal care. These special data reports are periodically published in CityLights. The national DaTA Institute addresses skills development to enhance public health practices necessary in an era of change in health and human services delivery. Designed as a year-long learning experience for a cohort of selected urban MCH data-use teams, the model integrates the institute with related capacity-building initiatives at CityMatCH, including the annual Urban MCH Leadership Conference associated workshops and new distance learning technologies.

Membership: CityMatCH membership is extended to city or county health departments having jurisdiction over one or more urban areas with populations of 100,000 or larger. In States where no urban area has a population greater than 100,000, one city or county health department in that State will be granted membership. In addition, any person who has an interest in urban MCH affairs, but is not a local MCH director or designee, may become an associate member. Currently, there are no dues for CityMatCH members.

Publications: ResourceInfo is a collection of abstracts and contact information on current policy materials related to urban MCH issues. Undoing Racism in Public Health: A Blueprint for Action in Urban MCH is a report that aims to examine the scientific basis for racism as a determinant of health status and health disparities, provide an overview of existing directions, options and resources and outline a series of activities for local public health-based initiatives ranging from awareness to action.


  • Perinatal Periods of Risk (PPOR) Practice Collaborative National Initiative is demonstrating the community impact of using the PPOR approach, a newly- validated community tool to address infant mortality. The PPOR initiative aims to capture best practices and lessons learned, to develop and enhance supporting materials, to develop local practice expertise and to capture this experience for use by other cities. Community teams from 14 U.S. cities are developing and revising prevention strategies for their communities’ feto-infant mortality problem using the PPOR approach. These strategies are part of an intense systematic learning and demonstration Practice Collaborative with CityMatCH, CDC, MOD and other national experts.
  • Annual Urban MCH Leadership Conference allows major city and county MCH leaders to exchange information about current, local-level programmatic efforts aimed at preventing disease and promoting health.

University of Nebraska Medical Center
982170 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-2170
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