Child & Family Health Services
The Child and Family Health Services (CFHS) Program is designed as an organized community effort to eliminate health disparities, improve birth outcomes and improve the health status of women, infants and children in Ohio. This goal is addressed by assessing and monitoring maternal and child health status; informing and educating the public and families about maternal and child health issues; providing leadership to assure the health of women, children, youth and their families; linking women, children and youth to services, and assuring access to health care; and evaluating the effectiveness, accessibility and quality of health care services. CFHS includes the following four components: Community Health Assessment and Planning (required), Child and Adolescent Health, Perinatal Health and the Ohio Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative (OIMRI). Services are provided through grant awards to local agencies in 59 counties. While the majority of these agencies are local health districts, CFHS also provides services through Community Action Agencies, Federally Qualified Health Centers, hospitals, and a college of medicine.
The population of interest for CFHS is low-income women and children in racial and ethnic groups that are disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes. The focus is on geographic areas and populations of highest need. The OIMRI component is specifically focused on those populations at the greatest risk of poor birth outcomes.
The goals of CFHS are accomplished by engaging in a focused, multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to health improvement. This is done in coordination with internal and external stakeholders that serve racial and ethnic groups that are disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes, including, but not limited to, local public health agencies, community health centers, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, private-sector organizations and other public health providers. Culturally competent programs and services are provided to a diverse population in the service delivery area.
The CFHS Program provides for improved health outcomes for approximately 90,000 low-income children and pregnant women each year. This program promotes access to evidence-based and risk-appropriate perinatal care to women and their infants to reduce perinatal mortality and morbidity.
CFHS funding sources include:
See CFHS Measures and Strategies FY 2012 for more information on services provided by CFHS Programs.
Ohio Department of Health
246 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 466-5332
Fax: (614) 564-2433
Last Updated: 6/28/12