The Women's and Children's Health Policy Center (WCHPC) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was established in 1991 to address current policy issues found in national legislative initiatives and evolving health systems reforms impacting on the health of women, children, and adolescents.
The Center's mission is to draw upon the science base of the university setting to inform policies, programs, and the practice of maternal and child health nationally. The Center works as a multi-disciplinary, interdepartmental faculty team to provide timely information useful to public and private sector Maternal and Child Health (MCH) professionals, and to elected officials and other policymakers.
The WCHPC develops conceptual models and frameworks to guide research and analytic projects, develops new methods and tools for health system assessment and analysis, conducts evaluations of innovative programs, convenes symposia and teaching forums, and publishes policy research and technical resource materials specifically designed to support activities in the arenas of both MCH practice and policy, with the support of our funders.
Specific projects focus on several areas:
- Development of frameworks and strategies to better understand and improve health services for women and children.
- Investigating models of health care services organization and delivery.
- Assessing the status of health systems serving women and the impact of current systems reforms.
- Examining how public and private health organizations can strengthen accountability for maternal and child health through needs assessments, program evaluations, and use of quality assurance/quality improvement tools.
- Analyzing public and private sector structures and functions for assuring a sound community, state, and federal level locus of accountability for the health and well-being of women, children and their families.
We routinely work in close collaboration with state and local public health, clinical care professionals, academics, and national organizations to serve as a communication bridge. We invite you to explore our web pages and learn about available WCHPC resources, products and expertise.