Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCH)
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau oversees five major programs that address the health needs among the maternal and child populations in the state. These programs include:
- Data Resources
- Maternal and Infant Health Program (MIHP)
- Oral Health
- Pregnancy Risk Line
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Statutory Authority: Statutory authority lies in the Health Code, Chapter 10, 26-10-1 through 26-10-7.
The Bureau is responsible for implementation and oversight of three federal program requirements and regulations: the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Block Grant (Title V), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Immunization Program, and the United States Department of Agriculture WIC Program.
The Bureau is accountable each year for approximately 25 performance and outcome measures as outlined by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau that include:
- Teen births
- Dental health for children
- Prenatal care
- Injury prevention
- Uninsured rates for children
- Low birth weight rates
- Teen suicide
- Infant and child mortality
- Children with special health care needs services
- Newborn screening
- Newborn hearing screening
- Smoking among youth and pregnant women
In addition, the Bureau is required to report on WIC accomplishments through annual reporting. Data are collected annually for the required federal measures in order for the Bureau to evaluate its progress towards improving the health of Utah's mothers and children.