Society for Medical Anthropology

A section of the American Anthropological Association

Special Interest Groups: CICH

  • Council on Infant and Child Health & Welfare

The Council on Infant and Child Health & Welfare (CICH) is a special interest group (SIG) of the Society of Medical Anthropology (SMA) of the American Anthropological Association (AAA). The purpose of CICH is to provide a forum for the communication and interaction of persons interested in all aspects of child health and welfare (broadly defined). Members include researchers, parents, and providers. Members share information and ideas at the yearly AAA meetings as well as through a website maintained by SMA and at other meetings and through other media when possible. Members also organize and present child-health related sessions for the AAA and other anthropological meetings.

CICH's formation in 2003 (facilitated by EJ Sobo) anticipated discipline-wide growth in the field. In 2007, an AAA-wide childhood interest group formed. CICH's membership was migrated to the larger group at that time. For more information on the AAA childhood interest group, please see the group's website - http://aaacig.usu.edu/