Promoting Healthy Women, Infants and Children Action Plan - Introduction

"Improving the well-being of mothers, infants, and children is an important public health goal for the United States. Their well-being determines the health of the next generation and can help predict future public health challenges for families, communities, and the health care system." - Healthy People 2020

The health and well-being of mothers and children are fundamental to overall population health. Improving health outcomes for women, infants and children is a priority for the New York State Prevention Agenda, aligning with goals of the State's Medicaid program and Title V/Maternal Child Health Services Block Grant. Of great concern, New York's key population indicators of maternal and child health have been stagnant or worsened during the last decade. Even for measures with improving trends, there are striking racial, ethnic and economic disparities.

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