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Maternal and Child Health

Your Baby Needs 39 WeeksThe Bureau of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) strives to assure the health and well-being of children, our most valuable resource. The Bureau provides leadership in protecting children and youth, including those with special health care needs, and in strengthening families so that all can be helped to reach their full potential. Building systems of care to assure that South Carolina’s women, infants, and children have access to the care and services that they need is a major priority of the MCH Bureau.  The Bureau consists of five divisions that together offer services and programs for pregnant women, mothers, infants, children and youth, children with special health care needs, and families.

Division of Children’s Health: administers the following programs: Care Line, Children’s Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems, Newborn Hearing Screening, Newborn Metabolic Screening, State Consultant for Nurse-Family Partnership, Postpartum Newborn Home Visits, and School Health Nursing.

Division of Women’s Health: The mission of the Division of Women’s Health is to promote and protect the health of women, men and adolescents through the provision of personal and preventive clinical and supportive services.

Division of Oral Health: The Division of Oral Health implements and evaluates oral disease prevention programs to reduce the burden of oral disease on prioritized populations and to reduce disparities in oral health.  This division works closely with the SC Oral Health Advisory Council and Coalition and provides consultation and technical assistance to professionals and community partners.

Healthy Mothers and BabiesDivision of Research and Planning: The Division of Research and Planning works to systematically collect, analyze, interpret and report epidemiological and health systems data and coordinate planning and evaluation activities within the MCH Bureau. Ongoing activities within the Division of Research and Planning provide decision makers with information necessary to carry out assessment, assurance, and policy development activities to improve the health and well- being of MCH populations. Current programs include Birth Defects, Perinatal Regionalizaton and Statewide Infant Mortality Review.

Division of Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Services: The WIC program was established by Congress in 1972 and is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The Division of WIC Services provides supplemental foods and nutrition education at no cost to eligible persons.  This division also provides a Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program and breastfeeding education and counseling.

MCH Block Grant: The current MCH Block Grant can be viewed at the National MCH website. After you link with the site, view the SC grant by clicking on “Narrative” to search for the South Carolina narrative and “Measurement and Indicator Data” for the data. MCH Block Grant planning begins in March of each year with a final grant submitted by June 15. You may submit input concerning the grant to Vinita Oberoi Leedom at oberoiv@dhec.sc.gov.

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