Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit

Our Vision:

To improve the health of women of childbearing age, adolescents, children, infants, and children and youth with special health care needs through rigorous, high-quality, data-driven surveillance, needs assessment, evaluation, and research.  

Our Mission:

  • Provide expertise in applied epidemiology and surveillance to promote public health decisions and recommendations for the best possible health outcomes for women of childbearing age, adolescents, children, infants, and children and youth with special health care needs.
  • Conduct research projects based on innovative scientific approaches and advanced statistical analyses to expand the knowledge base on maternal and child health populations.
  • Inform public health interventions, programs, and policies through timely and accurate surveillance, needs assessment, evaluation, and research that have been translated into usable and meaningful information.
  • Improve surveillance and case review activities in Texas and timely and accurate reporting of data and findings.  

Our Values:

  • Integrity: trust, transparency, accountability, ethical commitment, reliability, respect
  • Excellence: meet and exceed expectations, continuous improvement, identify and document best practices, promote high-quality outcomes
  • Professionalism: personal and professional accountability, unity within our unit, discipline, inclusivity, diversity
  • Leadership: innovative, proactive, visionary, stewardship    

Our Functions and Expertise:

  • Population Health Needs Assessment and Surveillance: To assess the current status, needs, and disparities within the maternal and child health population through data collection, data analytics, and geographic mapping.
  • Program and Intervention Evaluation: To utilize mixed-mode data collection to drive maternal and child health program and intervention refinement.
  • Measurement and Reporting: To measure and report the impact of health conditions, and respond to data requests by agency executives, legislators, federal and local partners, advocates, media, and the public-at-large.
  • Research and Creative Inquiry: To expand the knowledge base by assessing the causes and impacts of health outcomes among maternal and child health populations. To stay current on best practices and cutting-edge methods in the field.
  • Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System: To collect, analyze, and report Texas-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.
  • State Systems Development Initiative: To develop, enhance, and expand maternal and child health data capacity for its needs assessment and performance measure reporting in the Title V MCH Block Grant program.

Have a data request? Please email MCH Epi.

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Last updated April 21, 2021