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Recognizing that healthy infants, children, mothers and families constitute the basis of our society, IMCHC is dedicated to promoting and improving their health and well being through advocacy, education, community empowerment and policy development. The activities of the Coalition address and support the fundamental principles of equity, social justice and fair access to care which are basic rights of all human beings. The Coalition's main objectives are directed to overcome critical barriers, such as poverty and racism, that prevent achievement of maternal and child wellness.
The functions of Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition include policy analysis and promotion of sound policy decision-making, education of consumers and professionals, and the development of new legislation. The Coalition acts as a liaison between policy makers and those populations affected by their decisions by informing women about new laws that can help them and by encouraging policy makers to act on women's ideas for change. Recent advocacy efforts have been spent trying to secure affordable and comprehensive health coverage for low income children. Other projects include immunization education and assessment for health care providers, the prevention of preterm low birth weight deliveries, the expansion of school based health centers, and educating consumers and providers about post partum depression.
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