Child Health Services
Eliana Perrin, MD, MPH, Program Director
Children are viewed as this country's most valuable resource for the future and current data indicate their health status is poor (especially in the southeast). This program sponsors research and evaluation to assure that the health services available to children and women in their childbearing years are accessible, affordable, comprehensive, coordinated, community-based, culturally competent, and family-centered. The Sheps Center has a history of addressing health services delivery issues that are on the cutting edge nationally, such as regionalization of perinatal care, adolescent pregnancy, and the provision of timely childhood immunizations. In addition to its research and evaluation projects, since its inception, the Child Health Program has included a number of projects which were primarily technical assistance in nature all aimed at improving the planning and evaluation skills of MCH leaders at the state and local levels primarily in the southeast.