Maternal Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) is a part of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) administers the MCAH Program for Santa Barbara County. The MCAH program has the following goals:
- Increase access and Utilization of health an social services (cross cutting)
- Improve preconception health by decreasing risk factors for adverse life course events among women of reproductive age
- Reduce Infant morbidity and mortality
- Increase the proportion of children, adolescents and women of reproductive age who maintain a healthy weight.
- Improves the cognitive, physical, and emotional development of all children, including children and youth with special health care needs
The SBCPHD Community Health Division's MCAH program includes a home visiting program staffed by public health nurses and health professionals dedicated to addressing the health disparities and health outcomes of families in Santa Barbara County. The program works to achieve optimal health for this population through case management and coordination of services to enhance access, comprehensive quality healthcare, and address factors which impact social determinants of health including, but not limited to, housing, basic food, and transportation needs. The program is staffed by: a MCAH Director that also serves as the program manager, a MCAH Coordinator, a Perinatal Services Coordinator (PSC), Public Health Nurses (PHN), and bilingual/bicultural Health Services Aides, Sr. (HSA, Sr.).
The MCAH program provides the following services:
Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Strategic Planning
The MCAH program has the responsibility to plan and guide the Scope of Work of the local MCAH program. A Community Health Assessment is completed every five years and includes a community health profile for pregnant and parenting women, infants, children and adolescents. There are twenty-seven key MCAH indicators that are used to determine service level, unmet needs, outcome evaluation and program capacity. Collaborative participation is key in addressing the needs of the MCAH Population. MCAH Director and staff participate in over eleven Santa Barbara collaboratives, such as the Oral Health Executive Team, Kids Network, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Breastfeeding Coalition, and THRIVE. Contact: (800) 288-8145
Public Health Field Nursing Home Visitation and Case Management
Public Health Nurses (PHNs) and Health Service Aide Sr's (H.S.A. Sr.) provide in-home assessment, education, linkage/referral and comprehensive case management for women, infants, children and adolescents at high risk for adverse prenatal outcomes, maltreatment of children, substance abuse, postpartum depression, medical fragility and childhood obesity. All women, infants, children and teens are evaluated for needed access to health care. Women who have had prenatal services at the SB County Clinics will receive a CPSP (Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program) postpartum visit. Contact: (800) 288-8145
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program
Public Health Nursing will conduct a home visit on any suspected SIDS death to assist in providing information and/or support for the parents, caregiver or family. Contact: (800) 288-8145
Child Death Review Team (CDRT)
The CDRT is comprised of multidisciplinary team members from Santa Barbara County. The purpose of the team is to conduct in-depth reviews of preventable child deaths, identify system gaps and develop preventive strategies. There is an emphasis on abuse and neglect reviews. Contact: (805) 681-4933