Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library

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Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library. National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University, Box 571272, Washington, DC 20057-1272; 202.784.9770; www .mchlibrary.org; free Website. Some materials also available for purchase in print format.

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library is part of the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health (NCEMCH) at Georgetown University. NCEMCH provides leadership to the maternal and child health community in three areas-program development, education, and state-of-the-art knowledge-to improve the health and well being of children and families. The library serves the maternal and child health community with information and resources to assist federal, state, and local policymakers; public health professionals; and the public make informed decisions about maternal and child health services, programs, and policies.

MCH Library offers maternal and child health information compiled by library staff and pathways to the best maternal and child health information available on other Websites, from organizations, and in libraries. The MCH Library is intended for health professionals, policymakers, family advocates, community service professionals, maternal and child health or public health faculty and students, families, and the public.

The library offers the MCH Alert weekly electronic newsletter with up-to-date information; resource guides and knowledge paths; bibliographies; searchable databases of full-text publications, organizations, and major projects; links to significant Websites such as Bright Futures; and an A-to-Z list of 100 key health topics.

The major features include the MCHLine database, which lists materials held in the Mary C. Egan Maternal and Child Health Library. The library focuses on publications from federal and state agencies and does not collect materials on clinical medicine. The MCH Organizations Database lists governmental, professional, and other organizations that provide information on maternal and child health topics. …

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