Maternal, Infant, and Child Health
The improvement of maternal, infant, and child wellbeing is an important societal goal in the United States. The health of infants, children, and mothers influences that of the next generation. Currently, the USA maternal and infant mortality rates are high. Leadership is important in addressing this issue.
Leadership First Steps
The first leadership step is to involve all relevant stakeholders in decision-making regarding the prevention of maternal, infant, and child complications and deaths. The stakeholders include the healthcare providers, public health institutions, community organizations, hospitals, and families facing maternal, infant, and child health issues (Ascend at the Aspen Institute, 2019). Addressing these issues requires the collaboration of multiple partners who jointly come up with policies to improve maternally, infant, and child health.
Mobilization of funds to support maternal, infant, and child health programs is another important step. In the USA, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Child Hood Visitation Program, which targets families in greatest need, is funded by the federal government (Novoa & Taylor, 2017). The program boosts the capacity of mothers who in turn provide a good environment to promote children’s health during critical years.
Another major step is coming up with policies and programs to prevent unplanned pregnancies. A large number of pregnancies in the USA are unplanned increasing the challenges of maternal, infant, and child health (Ascend at the Aspen Institute, 2019). Strategies include education programs in the communities.
Promoting Maternal, Infant, and Child health requires good leadership. A leader should support building a stronger health system that contributes to the wellbeing of mothers and children. Healthy birth outcomes will allow children to survive and reach their full potential.
Healthpeople.gov. (n.d.). Maternal, Infant, and Child Health. Retrieved December 4, 2019, from https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/leading-health-indicators/2020-lhi-topics/Maternal-Infant-and-Child-Health.
Novoa, C., & Taylor, J. (2017, September 12). Home Visiting Programs Are Vital for Maternal and Infant Health. Retrieved December 3, 2019, from https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/early-childhood/reports/2017/09/12/438414/home-visiting-programs-vital-maternal-infant-health/.
Ascend at the Aspen Institute. (2019, July 26). Maternal and Child Health. Retrieved December 3, 2019, from https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2019/04/maternal-and-child-health.html.