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American Indian and Alaska Native Reproductive Health

Native American mother carrying child on back. The Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program (MCHEP) resides in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Reproductive Health. MCHEP carries out activities in epidemiology, surveillance, capacity building, data use, and dissemination that lay the groundwork for improving reproductive and maternal and child health (MCH) among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities throughout the United States. MCHEP works to reduce long-standing and substantial MCH disparities between AI/AN and other United States populations.

MCHEP focuses on efforts to help overcome obstacles in AI/AN health by implementing and supporting activities that expand and improve AI/AN MCH through—

  • Enhancing research and surveillance in reproductive MCH among AI/AN communities.
  • Building the capacity of tribes and tribal organizations to carry out and promote reproductive and MCH epidemiology.
  • Increasing the quality and use of reproductive and MCH data collected by the Indian Health Service (IHS) and tribes.

Examples of CDC's AI/AN MCH activities include the following:






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