Funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP), MatCHNet is a newly established UK-wide network that is developing a multidisciplinary, community of public health researchers, methodologists, policy makers and service providers. This community will come together to prioritise upstream policy interventions that can be evaluated using administrative data. Current academic disciplines involved in MatCHNet include epidemiology, child health, health informatics, population health statistics, public health science, health economics, and social science disciplines.
Network members will together tackle several questions key to improving maternal and child health:
How do social, economic, and environmental policies vary across the 4 UK nations?
And what are the methods we need to examine how they affect maternal and child health?
MatCHNet will focus upon upstream policies that target the social determinants of health.
And utilise administrative data including health, census, education and social care data to answer these important questions.