Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health

child and pregnant mother

RAND Health has researched the health and special needs of pregnant women, new mothers, infants, children, adolescents, and families worldwide since the 1980s. Our researchers examine:

  • prenatal medical care
  • maternal mental health
  • maternal and infant mortality
  • nutrition
  • food security
  • adolescent issues

From the RAND Blog

  • Germs Go Back to School, Too: Five Ways to Protect Your Kids

    Aug 25, 2014

    With kids working and playing in close contact and sharing supplies and equipment, schools can be hotbeds for infection. Each year, K-12 students miss about 60 million school days due to colds and the flu combined. But these five approaches can help reduce their chance of spreading infections and getting sick.

  • Let's Regulate Food Like We Do Alcohol

    May 19, 2014

    To help people avoid overeating, the kinds of policies effective in controlling alcohol consumption should be applied to food—standardizing portion sizes, limiting impulse marketing and reducing the convenience and salience of foods most closely associated with obesity and chronic diseases.

Latest Research and Publications

  • Childhood Obesity is a Stubborn Predictor of Adolescent Obesity

    Most children who are obese by the fifth grade will stay obese through high school. A study of over 3,500 students found that body image, the amount of TV watched, and a parent's weight and education level were all significant influences on childhood and adolescent obesity.

  • Pediatric Emergency Telemedicine: Shared and Unique Challenges

    Some challenges to pediatric emergency medicine are common to all telemedicine, but interruption of the workflow is more important in this setting and lack of reimbursement less so. Innovative approaches are needed to change the "culture of transfer" in small rural hospitals.

  • Comparing Alcohol and Marijuana Users in Middle School

    Solitary adolescent users of alcohol and drugs are more likely to have positive expectations about drug use. They have greater exposure to substance-using peers, have higher estimates of alcohol and marijuana use for teens of their age, and are less confident they can resist offers of drugs.

Research in Progress

Last updated: August 2013