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Local Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Programs

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Local county and city Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) departments are responsible for improving the health and well-being of the women and families in their region. This is done through an array of programs and initiatives that serve California's diverse populations, providing best practice interventions, resources, information and data about health and social topics such as reproductive health, family planning, pregnancy, intimate partner violence and more.

Federal Funding:  Title V and Title XIX funds support Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJs) to provide the leadership to plan, develop, support and promote comprehensive systems of preventive and primary services for pregnant women, mothers, infants, children, children and youth with special health care needs, adolescents and their families.

Federal Title V funds are allocated to the LHJs to implement MCAH programs that meet state and federal requirements and that address locally identified needs. Local MCAH Programs also access Title XIX federal funds to support access to care for Medi-Cal recipients. Local MCAH programs are funded in 61 LHJs that include all 58 California counties and three city health departments: Berkeley, Long Beach and Pasadena.

Program Profile

OUR GOAL: Provide State leadership and support to local MCAH departments.

OUR WORK: Develop systems that promote, protect and improve the health of our population. Increase access and utilization of health and social services, improve preconception health, reduce infant morbidity and mortality, promote breastfeeding and maintenance of a healthy weight, improve the cognitive, physical and emotional development of all children, and decrease adolescent pregnancies. Conduct monitoring and surveillance activities.

WHO WE SERVE: Women of reproductive age, mothers, infants, children, children with special health care needs, adolescents and their families.

SERVICES PROVIDED: Services are provided by public health professionals, which include public health nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, dieticians, other licensed clinicians and paraprofessionals.

FUNDING: Federal Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant and Federal Title XIX funds.

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