Utah Department of Health
Maternal and Child Health

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:

The Bureau provides public health leadership and consultation for improving the health of mothers, infants, children and adolescents in the state. The mission of the Bureau is accomplished through oversight of the maternal and child health services in the state and development of strategies to address those areas that either require improvement, such as adequacy of prenatal care, or require preventive efforts to promote healthy lifestyles and support for at-risk families.

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
  • Breastfeeding
  • 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.

2012 Participant Survey Report WIC 2012 Participant Satisfaction Survey Results


Utah Department of Health
Maternal and Child Health
P.O Box 142001
Salt Lake City, Utah