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

  • Off To A Good Start: How Are Children in Shelby County Doing?

    Off To A Good Start provides insight into the current state of children and families in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee. It also helps community members, parents, and policymakers understand where they may take action to improve the futures of young children in the area.

  • Breaking the Cycle of Youth Incarceration

    Incarcerated youth in Los Angeles described their homes, schools, and neighborhoods as unsafe and chaotic—lacking love and attention, discipline, and role models. These young people saw an easier path to jail than to school, but are still hopeful for the future. What can the community do to help?

  • Two Strategies Make the Grade in Helping Kids Get Healthier

    Schools use a number of strategies to increase students' physical activity—before- and after-school programs, extended PE classes, and short activity breaks—but does their impact outweigh their costs? Two strategies proved superior in terms of reach and cost per student.

Research in Progress

Last updated: August 2013