Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

Statewide Initiatives

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Service Structure

Bureau of Family Health provides and/or funds health services for women, children, and adolescents who do not have access to the private sector or other providers. Services are provided via parish health units, contract agencies, school-based health centers, and through coordination of services with other Office of Public Health programs. These services include:

I.  Preventive Health Services

Nurse Family Partnership Program is a prenatal and early childhood intervention designed to improve the health and social functioning of low-income first time mothers and their babies.

Parish Health Units - The MCH Program provides pregnancy testing and referral for prenatal care or family planning services through the Office of Public Health parish health units, located in 62 of Louisiana's 64 parishes.

II. Population-Based Services

Public Education and Health Promotion - Bureau of Family Health provides public education on a number of topics, including child abuse prevention and positive parenting practices, SIDS risk reduction, child safety, and prenatal care.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Risk Reduction & Safe Sleep - Statewide public information campaign to increase public awareness and change behaviors associated with SIDS and unsafe infant sleep practices. 

Partners for Healthy Babies- operates a statewide, multi-media marketing campaign, and use of a toll-free helpline providing  information and referrals for medical and social services.

Screening - coordinates universal screening programs and follow up of cases for genetic and metabolic disorders in newborns.  Provides referral and application process for Children's Special Health Services 

Immunization   - funding for immunizations for children in parish health units statewide.

III. Infrastructure Building Services

Assessment and Surveillance - assesses and monitors maternal and child health status to identify and address problems through the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), Child Death Review (CDR), Fetal and Infant Morality Review (FIMR) and Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (PRAMS) surveillance systems and analyses of birth and infant death data.

Policy Development - helps to ensure policy and programs that address the health of the MCH population.

Needs Assessment  - A statewide needs assessment is conducted every five years which allows Bureau of Family Health stakeholders the opportunity to evaluate the needs of Louisiana's women, infants, and children. The most recent assessment was conducted in 2010. Results are included in the Title V Maternal and Child Block Grant.