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

  • 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.

  • Where There's Vapor, Is There Fire? We Need Evidence on E-Cigarettes

    Mar 4, 2014

    Currently, evidence for the safety, harmfulness, utility, and addictiveness of e-cigarettes is lacking. The questions that research needs to answer, however, are clear as day—particularly since business is booming.

Latest Research and Publications

  • Child Vaccines Have Low Risk of Harmful Side Effects

    Concerns about vaccine safety have led some parents to decline recommended vaccination of their children, leading to the resurgence of diseases. Harmful side effects are extremely rare and must be weighed against the protective benefits that vaccines provide.

  • Economic Burden of Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Compared to their peers, children with autism spectrum disorders have higher annual costs for health care appointments and prescriptions ($3,000 on average) and non-health care costs ($17,000 on average), such as special education at school. Previous analyses underestimated this economic burden, particularly for school systems.

  • Assessing the Generalizability of a Federally Funded Dataset of Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment

    The Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) dataset, sponsored by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, is one of the largest longitudinal datasets of adolescent substance use treatment available. But are the GAIN data representative of adolescent treatment more broadly?

Research in Progress

Last updated: August 2013