Office of Maternal Child and Family Health (OMCFH)
The mission of
the Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health is to
provide leadership to support state and community efforts to
build systems of care that assure the health and well-being
of all West Virginians.
identification of infants who are at greatest risk for
health and developmental problems, and ensuring that these
children have access to appropriate health and special care
systems, are ongoing concerns for state health officials. In
this regard, the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health,
Office of Maternal, Child, and Family Health and the West
Virginia University School of Medicine, Department of
Pediatrics have worked collaboratively to develop the Birth
Score-Developmental Risk Screen and Newborn Hearing Screen
initiatives. This partnership has not only expanded the
state’s capacity to meet its federally required "child find"
responsibilities, but it has also made a significant
contribution to the reduction of mortality among West
Virginia infants who are one month to one year of age.
Birth to Three
Brought to you
by the West Virginia Early Intervention Interagency
Coordinating Council and WV Birth to Three in the Office of
Maternal, Child and Family Health, Bureau for Public Health,
Department of Health and Human Resources (designated lead
agency for Part C of IDEA).
Children with Special Health Care Needs
Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) is the program in the
Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health (OMCFH)
responsible for evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of
children with chronic, disabling medical conditions. Funding
for the program is provided by the state and federal
Bureau for Public Health, Division of Surveillance and
Disease Control, Immunization Program.
The Division of
Surveillance and Disease Control tracks occurrences of
diseases, provides preventive interventions, and educates
the public on protecting themselves from diseases.
The Kids First
Screening Initiative unites parents, health professionals
and teachers to give West Virginia’s children the positive
start in life they deserve. By working together, we can help
ensure that every child receives the best possible chance to
be healthy and ready to learn.
Right from the
Having a new
baby can be one of the most rewarding times of your life,
but it can also be one of the most challenging. Having
someone to talk to during your pregnancy and/or after you
have your baby can make this time easier. You
can have a local community nurse or social worker, called a
"care coordinator", meet with you while you are pregnant to
help you learn ways to have a healthy pregnancy. The care
coordinator can help you find resources in your community to
help with your needs.
The goal of the
National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM
- pronounced "en-cham") at Utah State University is to
ensure that all infants (newborns) and toddlers with hearing
loss are identified as early as possible and provided with
timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and
medical intervention. Learn more about us.
Program is a home-based preschool/parent education program
for deaf and hard of hearing children.