Maternal & Child Health

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

The Bureau of Maternal and Child Health administers community-based programs that assure adequate and quality prenatal and primary pediatric care, offer support services to ensure access to care, and provide comprehensive family planning services.

The Bureau of Maternal and Infant Health Programs provide services through contractors to pregnant women, infants and children with special medical, environmental or social needs. The Bureau's primary focus is on reducing infant mortality in the State of Illinois by providing primary and specialty health care coordinated with community-based social, educational, occupational, nutritional and behavioral health services.

The following programs are administered by the Bureau of Maternal and Infant Health:

  • All Our Kids (AOK) Early Childhood Network - ensures that all families with young children are aware of and have the opportunity to receive the services they need through a community-based collaborative effort among family members, DHS, local health departments, and other local agencies that serve families and young children.
  • Chicago Maternal and Child Health Grant - provides direct health services to medically indigent pregnant women, children and women of reproductive age in the Chicago Department of Public Health clinics.
  • Closing the Gap - Addresses racial disparities in infant mortality by targeting four Chicago community areas with the highest number and rate of African-American infant deaths in the state.
  • Doula - provides support to pregnant teens during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum in targeted Chicago communities.
  • Family Case Management - coordinates health and social services for low-income families with a pregnant woman or infant in an effort to reduce infant morbidity and mortality.
  • Family Planning - provides comprehensive family planning services.
  • Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) - identifies the non-medical factors that contribute to adverse pregnancy outcomes and empowers the community and its leadership to develop and implement solutions and systems to break down the barriers to optimize pregnancy outcomes.
  • HealthWorks - assures that foster children birth to 21 who are in substitute care receive comprehensive, quality health care.
  • Healthy Births for Healthy Communities - Provides a community-driven, performance-based, reimbursed outreach program in the Chicago communities of North Lawndale and Austin that engages high risk pregnant women into services.
  • Healthy Child Care Illinois - Promotes positive development of children in child care settings by linking families and child care providers to health and safety services. Services are directed toward licensed and unlicensed child care providers as well as friends and relatives caring for children.
  • Healthy Start - assists pregnant women, new mothers and infants in targeted Chicago communities to obtain health and support services.
  • High Risk Infant Follow-up - Provides home visits to families of high-risk infants to identify as early as possible conditions requiring further evaluation, diagnosis and treatment and assures an environment that promotes optimal growth and development for these infants.
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) - Program will contribute to developing a comprehensive, high quality, early childhood system that promotes maternal, infant, and early childhood health, safety, and development, and strong parent-child relationships.
  • Newborn Hearing Screening Program - identifies infants born with congenital hearing loss and ensures they are provided with amplification devices and therapy by six months of age.
  • Perinatal Depression - provides screening and assessment, treatment and psychiatric care to women living in Chicago who suffer from postpartum depression; provides training to agencies and medical providers within the community. Services are available to all women in need, with particular expertise in serving the Hispanic community.

The goals of these programs are to:

  • promote health through increased access to high quality medical care and prevention services (including family planning, prenatal care, and pediatric primary care)
  • provide education and information to assist clients to achieve maximum self-sufficiency; link to services based on clients needs through integration with other programs; and
  • strengthen communities by coordination and linkage of community and state resources to provide the clients with the best possible care offered.

Links and Resources

Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) 2008 (pdf)

Title V Information System (TVIS) Report