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Chelsea Whitney
Maternal Child Health Supervisor

Phone: 541-682-8720

Maternal Child Health Programs 

Lane County Public Health Department

Maternal & Child Health Programs

General Information

Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Programs function to ensure that mothers and babies are healthy in Lane County.

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MCH Program Descriptions
MCH Program Benefits
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MCH Program Descriptions

The MCH Program includes services to help families through pregnancy, birth, and early childhood.

  • The Babies First! Program identifies children at risk for developmental delays or other health conditions.  Nurses provide parents with information to help them overcome or cope with developmental delays and connect with other medical or support services.
  • The CaCoon Program helps families with medically fragile infants to care for their children as independently as possible.
  • The  Maternity Case Management  Program is an education and support program for women with social or health concerns during pregnancy and after the birth of their child. 
  • The Prenatal Assistance Program "Oregon MothersCare" helps families with healthy pregnancies by providing individual education and support to pregnant women, help finding prenatal care, and direct assistance with finding the right services or support within Public Health and in the community.

LCPH Nurses work directly with families with special medical or social needs. Nurses support and assist medical foster parents, and provide nursing services as a member of Child Welfare’s Family Support Team.

Willamette Family Treatment Services helps women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction to meet their goals for parenting and to access health care.

Public Health is part of the DaTA Institute, a special research partnership with local physicians that will identify the major causes of infant death and use this information to inform health policy making.

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The Benefits of MCH Programs

Together, all the components of the MCH Program ensure that infants get the healthiest start possible.  By providing extra help to families with health or social risks, the MCH Program helps children develop to their full potential and prevents children from developing long-term health issues, disabilities, and social problems.  Any family may need extra help, especially when infants have special needs.

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Further Information

Lane County

LCPH Programs

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Phone: (541) 682-8720 (ask for MCH Services)
Program Supervisor: Chelsea Whitney

LCPH services are available regardless of age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and marital status.  LCPH facilities are wheelchair accessible. LCPH materials are available upon request in alternative formats such as: large print, Braille and other languages.