MCH Nutrition Council

Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Council

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition encompasses a range of policy, programs and services including promoting nutrition wellbeing across the lifespan for women (preconception, perinatal, breastfeeding and general well-being); infants; children; youth, including those with special needs; and families.

The MCH Nutrition Council, a part of ASPHN, provides national leadership for efforts to achieve optimal well-being through healthy eating and active living among the maternal and child health population, including those served by Title V/MCH Block Grants.

MCH Nutrition Council members represent a wide array of practices. Council members advocate for nutrition policies, programs, and services that improve the wellbeing of women, infants, children, adolescents and families.

Scroll down to Join the Council to learn about what Council members do and for information on joining the Council.  Click on Continue Story below to learn more about the Council, view the current MCH Council leader list and workplan.

Helpful Resources

Applications are due March 31, 2017 for the Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute.

WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study 2: Infant Year Report "Feeding My Baby" captures data on WIC caregivers and their children over the first 5 years of each child's life to address a series of research questions regarding feeding practices, the effect of WIC services on those practices, and the health and nutrition outcomes of children on WIC.

SNAP-Ed Toolkit. Obesity Prevention Interventions and Evaluation Framework.

Healthy People 2020 Midcourse Review.

Policy Briefs developed by participants of the Emerging Leaders in MCH Nutrition Training Institute.

Impacting Process: Quality Improvement in MCH Training is now available from the University of Tennessee, Public Health Nutrition Program. It is comprised of five sessions that define quality improvement (QI), emphasize its importance in healthcare settings and identifies relevant tools. 

Developed by leaders in the field of public health nutrition, Life Course Nutrition: Maternal and Child Health Strategies in Public Health is a free online course. It describe the role of maternal and child nutrition in population health and identify how to create equitable access to healthy foods and food environments.
The MCH Navigator is a learning portal for maternal and child health professionals, students, and others working to improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families. 

A Health and Safety Checklist for Early Care and Education Programs is based upon the Caring for our Children National Health and Safety Performance Standards.

Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs is a new set of national standards describing evidence-based best practices in nutrition, physical activity, and screen time. 

Join the Council

MCH Nutrition Council Members have the opportunity to:

  • Promote the importance of healthy eating and active living among women, children and families.

  • Raise awareness of the importance of evidence-based public health nutrition within the MCH community.

  • Engage in advocacy and public policy development that influences healthy eating and active living among women, children and families.

  • Develop leadership skills by participating in Council and ASPHN activities.

  • Participate in projects that support and achieve the nutritional wellbeing of the MCH population.

  • Share resources, ideas and information with peers. at annual meetings, on conference calls and through Council work.

Become a Member Today!   

The Council has two categories of members:

  • MCH Nutrition Council Liaison – Each state MCH Director, in consultation with that state's ASPHN Designee, selects an MCH-funded nutritionist or other nutrition staff member to be their state's Council Liaison.

  • MCH Nutrition Council General Member – Any ASPHN member (designee, expanded, or associate member) interested in maternal and child health may join the Council. 

Click on Continue Story below to view additional membership information.

Please contact if you have questions or to join. 

MCH Nutrition Success Stories

Get inspired by real-life stories.  ASPHN's MCH Nutrition Success Stories feature MCH Nutrition council members and highlight their successful initiatives.

The MCH Success Stories focus on a wide range of topics, including breastfeeding promotion, child care nutrition standards and nutrition and physical activity plans, medically-necessary infant formula for babies with special health care needs, improving nutrition counseling skills and promoting fruits and vegetables.

Check out the Story Bank tab for the complete collection of stories showcasing successful work by public health nutritionists working in state-level programs.

MCH Nutrition Council Quarterly Calls

MCH Nutrition Council 2017 Quarterly Calls.  Please mark your calendars with the following dates for the upcoming calls in 2017.  We hope you can attend and participate.  The one-hour calls begin at 2:00 pm (ET); 1:00 pm (CT); noon (MT); and 11:00 pm (PT).  The dates for upcoming calls are:

July 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET - Environmental Contaminants and Lead - Diane Golzynski, PhD, RD, Michigan Department of Education. 

October 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET - New CACFP guidelines from USDA - Samia Hamdan, MPH, RD: Senior Nutritionist, USDA Food and Nutrition Serivces Mid-West Regional Office. 

Click here to access previous calls.

Reminder.  Do you have resources or information you would like to share with other MCH Nutrition Council Members?  If so, send it to Sandy Perkins for distribution.