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Bureau of Maternal, Child & Family Health

Bureau of Maternal, Child & Family Health (BMCFH) is an organized effort to eliminate health disparities, improve birth outcomes and improve the health status of women, infants, children, youth and families in Ohio. Using evidenced-based and data driven practices, we support the delivery of direct services, linkages and referrals, population-based supports, education, monitoring and quality oversight, and policy and systems development.

Efforts to improve health outcomes are conducted collaboratively with other state agencies, local health departments, health care providers, insurance, businesses, non-profit entities, education, and health.  

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Ohio’s MCFH priority needs include:

  • Decrease risk factors contributing to maternal morbidity
  • Increase mental health support for women of reproductive age
  • Decrease risk factors associated with preterm births
  • Support healthy pregnancies and improve birth and infant outcomes
  • Improve nutrition, physical activity, and overall wellness of children
  • Increase prevalence of children with special health care needs receiving integrated, physical, behavioral, developmental, and mental health services
  • Increase developmental approaches and improve systems to reduce adolescent and young adult suicide rate
  • Increase protective factors and improve systems to reduce risk factors associated with the prevalence of adolescent substance use
  • Prevent and mitigate the effects of adverse childhood experiences
  • Improve health equity by addressing community and social conditions and reduce environmental hazards that impact infant and child health outcomes

The MCFH priority needs are addressed in coordination and collaboration with support from the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant.

Contact Information:

Phone:  (614) 644-8313
Email:  BMCFH@odh.ohio.gov