Center for Family Health
Welcome to the Center for Family Health (CFH), we trust you will find our family of programs informative and user friendly. CFH is comprised of three Divisions with a multiplicity of programs that impact the health and/or birth outcomes for Californians. The Divisions include the Genetic Disease Screening Program, the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program and the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program. CFH focuses on improving health and/or birth outcomes and reducing health disparities. These programs retain the spirit and intent of our predecessors, yet continue to evolve as California population and diversity increase. We are proud that the Divisions in CFH are visionary leaders of these important public health programs.
In order to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities, we carefully target resources in order to effect the greatest change. Seeking to improve our programs, we continually work with local, state and national experts in order to explore and understand demographic changes. We also follow medical and scientific advances and keep up to date with the latest clinical studies, medical research and protocols, and observational and interventional studies to address the diverse needs of the people of California. We take seriously our responsibility to administer, monitor and modify the programs based on evidence and health data, thoughtfully setting the stage for future growth. As stewards of the programs we oversee, we are mindful that decisions made today will effect future generations of Californians. Our commitment to excellence is second to none and despite staffing and fiscal challenges, this commitment is evident when reviewing the accomplishments and vision of each of our Divisions in CFH.
CFH programs administer and set policy for specific services provided to low income families, generally at risk for poor health outcomes. CFH also administers the largest and most comprehensive newborn and prenatal genetic screening programs in the world. The services are provided by a multitude of partners at the community level, from local health departments to community based organizations. We work closely with our partners to ensure our programs meet the needs of specific communities. We strive to improve health outcomes by identifying strategies for eliminating and reducing disparities. This includes reducing barriers to health care and improving access, reaching the underserved and unserved, and maximizing fiscal resources by targeting populations most at risk or with the greatest disparity. Overall, the size and complexity of the Center’s family health programs surpass similar programs across the nation.
CFH Division Summaries
The following links will access high level fact sheets. To view the CFH web sites, please see "Our Divisions" web links below.
Genetic Disease Screening Program and Genetic Disease Laboratory: GDSP administers the largest genetic screening program in the world, screening California’s 560,000 newborns and permissively screening approximately 400,000 pregnant women, and provides follow up services including counseling and confirmatory tests.
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program: MCAH, responsible for administering the Federal Title V Block Grant, oversees programs and develops systems that protect and improve the health of California's women of reproductive age, infants, children, adolescents, and their families by focusing on creating and maintaining strong partnerships with federal, state and local agencies in public and private sectors.
Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program: The WIC Program serves 1.4 million participants each month, improving the health of low-income women, infants and preschool children through nutrition education classes and counseling, support for breastfeeding, referrals to healthcare and other services, and access to nutritious foods at grocery stores throughout the State.