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AMCHP's Life Course Metrics Project
Contact the Maternal and Child Health Section
Maternal and Child Health Section
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A13
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1721
To aid in incorporating the Life Course Theory into practice, comprehensive measures were developed to track progress in using the life course approach to improve maternal and child health. The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) launched a project to identify and promote a standardized set of indicators for use in programs using the Life Course Theory to improve maternal and child health.
The resulting Life Course Metrics Project was guided by a national expert panel and the selection of life course indicators included a collaborative effort from seven state teams: Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, and North Carolina. A series of meetings and voting procedures reduced the initial 413 proposed indicators to the final set of 59.
The subsequent 59 indicators were chosen based on the following qualities:
- Implications for equity
- Public health impact
- Potential to leverage or realign resources
- Ability to predict an individual’s health and wellness and/or that of their offspring
- Connection to life course consistent with current science
- Data availability
- Data quality
AMCHP’s website provides information on the Life Course Theory, examples of other states’ uses of the life course indicators, and an online tool which provides national estimates and the information necessary to calculate the 59 life course indicators.
For more information, please visit: http://www.amchp.org/programsandtopics/LifecourseFinal/Pages/default.aspx