This past October 3, 2011 celebrated the 83rd annual Child Health Day. On this day, we in the Maternal and Child Health field are reminded of the importance of keeping our nation’s children healthy in order to help them live fulfilling lives.
President Calvin Coolidge was the first president to proclaim the day. For more information on MCH history, visit the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s interactive timeline. You can explore topics and changes in public health over time: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/about/timeline/index.html.