Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Division is committed to improving overall maternal and child health. MCAH compiles data to monitor progress towards achieving Healthy People 2020 objectives for breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity, and hospital and worksite support for breastfeeding mothers and infants.
Data tracking in public health is known as public health surveillance. It is the ongoing systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of outcomes and results. Surveillance is a public health approach to problem-solving, using data to identify challenges, assess the effectiveness of interventions, and inform public health action.
The CDC focuses on gathering data to better understand behaviors, practices, and policies related to breastfeeding and breastfeeding disparities. This helps guide their strategic priorities to improve the health of mothers and babies across their lifespan.