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Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Programs.

Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program is the unit of the Public Health in the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services with responsibility for planning, implementing and evaluating services that address the needs of pregnant and parenting women, children, adolescent, and their families in LA County. Many of MCAH's programs assist low income women to access quality prenatal and post-partum care and support. In addition, MCAH functions as a policy and planning "think-tank" on children and adolescent health issues, and serves as a liaison to other DHS offices and external organizations working on matters concerning children and adolescent health.

MCAH partners with community based organizations (CBOs) to address the needs of pregnant and parenting women, children, adolescent and their families. Over three-fourths of the MCAH budget comes from grant-funding, federal and state grants. The Director of MCAH reports directly to the Director of Public Health and Health Officer.

Vision: All women, infants, children, adolescent, and their families in Los Angeles County will thrive in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment.

Mission: To maximize the health and quality of life for all women, infants, children, and adolescents and their families in Los Angeles County.

The MCAH Programs include the following units:

Family Planning Program

Prenatal & Postnatal:

  • Black Infant Health (BIH)
  • Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP)
  • Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)
  • Prenatal Care Guidance Program (PCG)

Child & Adolescent Health:

  • Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP)
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP)
  • Children's Health Initiatives (CHI)
  • Children's Health Outreach Initiatives(CHOI)

Geriatric Special Services

Research Evaluation and Planning

Surveillance:

  • Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Program and Sudden
  • Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program



Vision: All women, men, infants, children, adolescent, and their families in Los Angeles County will thrive in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment.

Mission: To maximize the health and quality of life for all women, infants, children, and adolescents and their families in Los Angeles County.

The Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Programs is a division of the Department of Public Health in Los Angeles County. It is responsible for the planning, implementing and evaluating of services that address the health priorities and primary needs of infants, mothers, fathers, children and adolescents, and their families in Los Angeles County through ongoing assessment, policy development and quality assurance.

The MCAH staff is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, public health nurses, policy analysts, administrators, nutritionists, health educators, social workers, research analysts, epidemiologists, data systems analysts, and support staff. The majority (85%) of the MCAH budget comes from federal and state grants. In addition we actively partner with community-based organizations to fulfill community needs.

The following is an alphabetical list of programs and units within MCAH:

Black Infant Health (BIH) Breastfeeding Support Program Child and Adolescent Health Program (CAH) Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) Children's Health Initiatives (CHI) Children's Health Outreach Initiatives (CHOI) Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Program Newborn Screening Nurse - Family Partnership (NFP)/Prenatal Care Guidance Program (PCG) Reproductive Health Programs Research, Evaluation and Planning Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program.




 
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