Maternal and Child and Family Health (MCFH) 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.
Ohio’s MCFH priority needs include:
Increase the prevalence of women receiving preconception care
Reduce the rate of infant mortality and disparities statewide
Increase comprehensive newborn screenings and improve Ohio’s newborn screening system
Increase access to early infant care and wellness
Increase the prevalence of children and youth receiving integrated physical, mental, and developmental services
Reduce the rate of childhood obesity
Reduce tobacco use rates
Reduce the rate of maternal smoking and substance abuse by pregnant women
Reduce barriers improve access, and increase the availability of health services for all populations