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Maternal and Child Health Program

About Us

The MCH Program aims to improve the health status of expectant mothers, mothers, newborns, and children in all socioeconomic environments and races by being the resource for providers and mothers with attaining healthy birth outcomes and healthy children.


Maternal and Child Health Program Includes: 


Centering Pregnancy© and Centering Parenting©

Choose Life

Infant Vitality Community Intensive Pilot Project

Infant Vitality Cribs Program (this link does not exist yet, but is forthcoming)

Ohio Equity Institute 2.0

Perinatal Smoking Cessation

Safe Sleep Cribs for Kids© Program

Safe Sleep Screening


Who Do We Serve?

We focus on low-income women and children in socio-economic, racial and ethnic groups that are disproportionately affected by poor health in geographic areas and populations of highest need. The Maternal Child Health Program supports the Ohio Collaborative to Prevent Infant Mortality (OCPIM) with programmatic and administrative resources.

Our Goals

  • Ensuring socio-emotional health and addiction needs of women and children are met
  • Decreasing smoking and second-hand smoke exposure
  • Decreasing childhood obesity, reducing food insecurity and supporting breastfeeding
  • Decreasing infant mortality by ensuring infants have a safe sleep environment
  • Addressing social determinants of health
  • Implementing  the Ohio Institute for Equity in Birth Outcomes (OEI)
  • Providing safety services

A Collaborative Approach

The goals of the Maternal and Child Health Program are accomplished by engaging in a focused, multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to health improvement. This is done in coordination with internal and external stakeholders that serve groups that are disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes. including, but not limited to:

  • Local public health agencies
  • Community health centers
  • Community-based organizations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Private-sector organizations
  • Public health providers
  • Culturally competent programs and services are provided to a diverse population in the service delivery area. 

Maternal and Child Health funding sources include:
  • State General Revenue Funds

See Priority Areas and Strategies for the current Fiscal Year for more information on services provided by Maternal and Child Health Program.

Maternal and Child Health webinar/video recordings:

Contact information:
Ohio Department of Health
MCH Program
246 N. High Street, 6th floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Tel: (614) 644-6560
Fax: (614) 564-2433
E-mail: bcfhs@odh.ohio.gov