Maternal and Child Health Network
Awarded £408k for 4 years
Harnessing cross-country administrative data to evaluate national policy impacts on maternal, infant and child health and health inequalities Awarded £408k for 4 years.
Senior Research Fellow, MRC/CSO Public Health Sciences Unit
Ruth Dundas co-leads a workstream on Health Inequalities and Linked Data Analysis in the Measurement and Analysis of Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health Programme at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Science Unit, University of Glasgow. Her main research interests are inequalities in health and mortality; and contextual and social influences on health over the lifecourse. She has methodological interests in improving the use of routine data to analyse health inequalities, methods for evaluating complex interventions and natural experiments and the development and application of multilevel modelling methods.
MatCHNet aims to lay the groundwork to develop research programmes to evaluate the impact of national policies on adverse child health outcomes. The rationale for the network is that UK national and devolved government have implemented policies on maternal and early years that have largely not been evaluated. There is scope to capitalise on linked, population-level administrative data and variations in policy across the four nations to assess interventions on and determinants of adverse child outcomes.
On 25 September 2019 the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) held a kick off meeting with the award holders from the first funding round. The slides presented by MatCHNet are available to download (PPT, 822KB).
The network will develop a community of public health researchers, methodologists, policy makers and service providers, with co-investigators from academia and NHS Health Services Scotland.
Associate Director and Professor of Population Health Statistics
Wellcome Trust Research Fellow
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology
Non-Clinical Senior Lecturer
Lecturer, Institute of Child Health Population
Research Fellow, Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Professor of Public Health Data Science
Consultant in Public Health Medicine
Professor, Centre for Health Economics