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Integrating the Built and Social Environment into Health Assessments for Maternal and Child Health: Creating a Planning-Friendly Index

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(24), 9224; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249224
Received: 30 October 2020 / Revised: 7 December 2020 / Accepted: 8 December 2020 / Published: 10 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Child-friendly Planning and Public Health)
Environmental and community context earliest in the life course have a profound effect on life-long health outcomes. Yet, standard needs assessments for maternal and child health (MCH) programs often overlook the full range of influences affecting health in-utero and early childhood. To address this, we developed a methodology for assessing community risk in MCH based on six domains integrating 66 indicators across community, environment, socioeconomic indicators, and MCH outcomes. We pilot this methodology in Pennsylvania, and share examples of how local governments, planners, and public health officials across the geographic spectrum can integrate this data into community planning for improved maternal and child health. View Full-Text
Keywords: social determinants of health; maternal and child health needs assessment; child friendly communities; planning for maternal and child health social determinants of health; maternal and child health needs assessment; child friendly communities; planning for maternal and child health
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Wang, X.; Whittaker, J.; Kellom, K.; Garcia, S.; Marshall, D.; Dechert, T.; Matone, M. Integrating the Built and Social Environment into Health Assessments for Maternal and Child Health: Creating a Planning-Friendly Index. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 9224. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249224

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Wang X, Whittaker J, Kellom K, Garcia S, Marshall D, Dechert T, Matone M. Integrating the Built and Social Environment into Health Assessments for Maternal and Child Health: Creating a Planning-Friendly Index. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(24):9224. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249224

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Wang, Xi, Jennifer Whittaker, Katherine Kellom, Stephanie Garcia, Deanna Marshall, Tara Dechert, and Meredith Matone. 2020. "Integrating the Built and Social Environment into Health Assessments for Maternal and Child Health: Creating a Planning-Friendly Index" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 24: 9224. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17249224

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