Child & Family Health
The Child & Family Health Division includes programs and services to promote a healthy family. Programs and services include linking families to needed community resources such as medical providers, healthcare, parenting programs, and other assistance. Education promotes healthy food choices and nutrition, understanding childhood immunizations, and discussing environmental risks to families. Programs include Childhood Lead Screening, WIC, and Breastfeeding to promote healthy families.
Childhood Lead Screening Program
Lead poisoning can be especially harmful to children and to pregnant women. Effects can lead to lower IQ, learning disabilities, and stunted growth, as well as other problems. Children should be tested for lead poisoning at 9 to 12 months of age and again at 18 to 24 months of age. Lead tests are free for any child age up to age 6 enrolled in Medicaid or WIC; the cost is $20 for children not enrolled in these programs. Remember, no child is safe from the damages of lead poisoning.
For more information, view Childhood Lead Screening Program page.
WIC (Women, Infants & Children) Nutrition Program
Good nutrition is very important to pregnant women and to children. Breastfeeding, as nutrition, can also be very beneficial to babies. WIC is a federally funded program that provides nutrition education, health assessments, and supplementary food vouchers to income-eligible pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and to families with infants and small children. Good nutrition is essential to healthy families.
To learn more or make an appointment, view WIC page.
Healthy Family Topics & Videos
Learn more about becoming a Healthy Family with information on important topics in health and safety for babies, children, teens, parents, and the whole community. We never stop learning. Watch fun and interesting videos, view pictures, and read articles of interest. Find out about Safe Sleep for Baby, the importance of folic acid in your diet, and breastfeeding, as well as other important topics.