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Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Program 

Program Mission

The mission of the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program is to develop systems that protect and improve the health of California’s women of reproductive age, infants, children, adolescents, and their families.

Program Description

MCAH is one of four divisions within the Center for Family Health of the California Department of Public Health.  The twenty programs currently administered by the MCAH Division are organized into four program sections:

1.  Maternal and Family Health Programs:

a.  Local (County and City) MCAH services

b.  Pregnancy Related and Pregnancy Associated Maternal Mortality Review

c.  California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative

d.  Advanced Practice Nurse Program

e.  Human Stem Cell Research Program

f.  Nutrition and Physical Activity      

2.  Perinatal Health Programs:

a.  Birth Defects Monitoring Program

b.  Black Infant Health

c.  Fetal Infant Mortality Review

d.  Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

e.  Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program

f.  Regional Perinatal Programs of California

g.  California Diabetes and Pregnancy Program

h.  Breastfeeding Program

i.  California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative

j.  California Perinatal Transport System

3.  Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Teen Parenting Programs:

a.  Adolescent Family Life Program   

4.  Children’s Health Programs:

a.  Childhood Injury Prevention Program

b.  Oral Health Program

c.  California Early Childhood Comprehensive System     

Program Funding and Administration:

The MCAH Program administers the Federal Title V MCH Block Grant and is also appropriated funds from the State General Fund, the Birth Defects Monitoring Special Fund and Federal Title XIX (Medicaid) reimbursements.

The California Department of Public Health, Center for Family Health administers the MCAH Program.

Program Operations

To accomplish its goals, the MCAH Division maintains partnerships, contracts, and agreements with federal, state, and local agencies in both the public and private sectors.

All 58 counties and three cities within California have local MCAH Directors who are physicians, supported by Nursing and administrative staff.

MCAH Contact Information:

For more information and individual program Web sites, visit the MCAH Web site.   

California Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Programs
1615 Capitol Avenue, 5th Floor
P.O. Box 997420, MS Code 8300
Sacramento, CA 95899-7420

  • Voice: (916) 650-0300 / Fax: (916) 650-0305
  • Toll Free MCAH 800 Number: (866) 241-0395
  • E-mail: mchinet@cdph.ca.gov
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