Maternal Child Health and Environmental Health

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Environmental Health focuses on a broad range of environments, including chemical, natural, built, and social. MCH encompasses health status and well-being of women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families. Their well-being determines the health of the next generation, and can help predict future public health challenges for families, communities, and the healthcare system. However, MCH racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in morbidity and mortality are significant problems worldwide. The primary focus is to improve maternal and fetal health outcomes though provision of education, individualized counseling, improved access to resources, and advancing the knowledge base related to the safety of exposures to medications and environmental agents before, during and after pregnancy.


View publications from the CLD Team focused on this research topic:

  • Barger, B., ^Larson, L., et al. (2020). Community tree canopy coverage predicts lower conduct problem severity in children with autism. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 13(1), 43-61.
  • Gaither, C. J., Kuehler, E., Zipperer, W., Aka, E. O., & Barger, B.* (2019). Trees and Trash: Examining the Link Between Urban Forest Engagement and Blight in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Human Ecology Review25(2). 
  • Bauman, S.#, LaFleur, R.#, Heggs, A.#, Vinoski, E., Graybill, E.Barger, B.*, Crenshaw, M., & Crimmins, D. (2020). Introducing cultural competence training into a disability leadership program: Receptions and recommendations. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 27(2), xx-xx.
  • Ellis, J.#, Brown, C., Barger, B.* & Carlson, N. (2019). Choice and timing of labor inducing agents for obese women: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 64(1), 55-67.
  • Roach, A., Mhende, J.#Barger, B.* & Roberts, D.# (2019). Evaluation of an integrated mindfulness parenting program with parents of young children in a low-SES neighborhood. Georgia Journal of Public Health, 7(2), 49-58.
  • Larson, L., Barger, B., et al. (2018). Green space, gray space, and anxiety in youth with autism. Health and Place 53, 94 – 102.
  • Graybill, E., Baker, C. N., Cloth, A., Fisher, S., & Nastasi, B. (2017). An Analysis of Social Justice Research in School Psychology. International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, 6, 77-89. doi: 10.1080/21683603.2017.1302850 (refereed)
  • Irby, L., Graybill, E., & White, C. (2019). How breastfeeding behavior is affected by the breastfeeding perspectives of fathers in Georgia (USA). Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 7, 85-89. doi: 10.20429/jgpha.2019.070212 (refereed)