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Mother and ChildThe Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section supports a broad array of programs to improve the availability of and access to high quality preventive and primary health care for all children, and for the reproductive health care of all women and their partners, regardless of their ability to pay.

In a Needs Assessment completed in 2015, the MCH Section identified the following statewide priorities:

  • Improve access to needed healthcare services for all populations
  • Decrease unintentional injury
  • Improve access to standardized developmental/social/emotional screening, assessment and follow- up for children and adolescents
  • Decrease pediatric overweight and obesity
  • Increase access to comprehensive medical homes
  • Increase family support and access to trained respite and childcare providers
  • Improve access to mental health services
  • Decrease the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other substances among youth, pregnant women and families

Program Areas

Teen with a NurseMCH Programs partner with Primary Health Care Providers Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol in local communities to address these priorities:

  • The Adolescent Health Program seeks to improve the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults by providing information and resources to families, youth-serving organizations and adolescent-friendly health centers.
  • The Birth Conditions Program provides statewide surveillance of birth conditions or defects as defined by the National Birth Conditions Prevention Network; follow-up support is available for Zika-related conditions such as microcephaly.
  • The Child Health Program provides funding to community-based health care providers who offer comprehensive, preventive health care to low-income, uninsured, or underinsured children through clinic appointments, office visits and home visits.
  • Infant having hearing checkedThe Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Program offers training and support to local hospitals to help them provide hearing screening for every newborn infant. The program coordinates a network of Pediatric Audiology Diagnostic Centers to provide hearing testing for babies and young children who do not pass their hearing screening.
  • The Family Planning Program offers comprehensive, high quality reproductive health care including routine exams, preconception health care, pregnancy testing and counseling, screening for cervical and breast cancer, education on reproductive health and sexuality, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, as well as a wide range of contraceptive (birth control) methods.
  • Home Visiting New Hampshire (HVNH) is a preventive program that provides health, education, support and linkages to other community services to Medicaid-eligible pregnant women and their families in their homes.
  • The Injury Prevention Program provides leadership and support to community-based agencies to prevent intentional and unintentional injuries.
  • The Newborn Screening Program assures that all infants born in New Hampshire are screened for 34 potentially serious disorders and ensures immediate follow-up for abnormal results.
  • The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a statewide survey that collects information on maternal behaviors and experiences just before, during and after pregnancy. The purpose of PRAMS is to improve the health of mothers and infants by reducing adverse outcomes of pregnancy, such as low birth weight, infant mortality and morbidity, and maternal morbidity.
  • Text 4 BabyThe Prenatal Services Program supports comprehensive health care for pregnant and postpartum women that includes health education, nutrition services, social services, and smoking cessation counseling through office and home visits.
  • The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program offers information, support and resources to promote a safe sleep environment to family and care providers of infants who have died suddenly and unexpectedly, such as from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

How are the MCH services funded?
The MCH Section receives federal funds from the Title V Block Grant to support various MCH programs whose primary goals are to improve the health status of pregnant, women, mothers, infants, and children, including children with special health care needs.

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