Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Programs

Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health receives funding from the State Department of Maternal Child Health. Staff at the local health offices develop and coordinate MCAH services and administer special projects in the area of maternal and child health, provide professional and community health education, and conduct the applicable programs.

  • All women, infants, children, and adolescents in Humboldt County have full access to preventive care, health care, and dental care.
  • Collaborating health and social services agencies, human service organizations, education agencies, the faith community, law enforcement, and community members work together to assure a safe, nurturing environment that promotes optimal development.
Activities include administration of federal, state, and county programs that provide planning, development, interagency coordination of services, data collection, problem analysis and priority setting, and policy development.

  1. Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

    Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program is for income-eligible pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding women and children under the age of 5 who have a nutritional need.

  2. Child Passenger Safety Program

    The Child Passenger Safety Program has free classes, car seat installation assistance and safety seat inspections to reduce injuries and deaths in children riding in vehicles.

  3. Child Health & Disability Prevention

    The Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program is a health promotion and disease prevention program serving infants, children, and teens.

  4. Healthy Kids Humboldt

    Healthy Kids Humboldt is the local Children’s Health Initiative that reaches out to uninsured families and helps enroll the children, ages 0 to 19 in low-and no-cost health insurance, as well as connect them to local medical care.

  5. Perinatal Services

    The goal of the Perinatal Services program is to improve the health of low-income pregnant women and give their babies a healthy start in life.

  6. Breastfeeding Task Force

    DHHS's Maternal Child & Adolescent Health (MCAH) program helps coordinate the Breastfeeding Task Force (BFTF) of Humboldt County.

  7. Oral Health

    Dental disease is the most common chronic childhood disease; more frequent than hay fever and the common cold.

  8. California Children's Services (CCS)

    California's medical program for treating children diagnosed with certain physically disabling conditions was started by the California legislature in 1927.

  9. CareLine for Family Health Information

    The Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Division Careline is a toll-free number that provides information and referrals for free and low-cost health care for the community. Examples of referrals include assistance with locating prenatal care, immunizations, dental care, and well-baby exams.

  10. Mortality Case Review

    Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health began the Fetal Infant Mortality Review Program in 1991. The program is now one of 17 projects in California.