Maternal / Child Health

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“There are multiple generations involved in support; and the community and systems impact the mother and child. There are circles of involvement”

Northwest Tribes recognize that healthy Native mothers and children are at the heart of healthy Native communities. Healthy Native moms and babies need a continuum of support that extends across families, communities, health care and social services systems. The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) works to support tribal Maternal and Child Health (MCH) initiatives through community-based research projects, data, technical assistance, and coordination of resources.

MCH Workgroup

NPAIHB’s Tribal Epidemiology Center has several projects that address MCH issues, and has formed an MCH Workgroup to coordinate efforts and resources across projects.

Please connect with Nicole Smith at to collaborate or learn more about the current progress of the workgroup.

MCH Assessment

Our Guiding Framework:

A Summary of Qualitative Data Collected by the NW Portland Area Indian Health Board

In 2017, the MCH Workgroup completed an assessment to identify programmatic priorities to advance MCH efforts at the NPAIHB and Northwest Tribes. The assessment identified some key themes for improving maternal and child health, including:

  • Social support
  • Education for Parents
  • Substance Use Prevention
  • Connection to culture

The full report can be accessed here: MCH Guiding Framework for the NPAIHB [PDF, 2018]

MCH Projects

Current Activities

MCH-Opioid: Investigating Maternal Opioid Use, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Response in NW Tribal Communities

Native CARS: Native Children Always Ride Safe

Northwest Tribal Immunization Project

Northwest Tribal Dental Support Center: Baby Teeth Matter

TOTS to Tweens: Long-term effect of Early Childhood Caries Prevention in NW Tribes

WA Department of Health: Parenting Teens in partnership with the NPAIHB

WEAVE-NW: Good Health & Wellness in Indian Country (GHWIC) Breastfeeding Support

More NPAIHB Programs

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