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Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and Child HealthThe Maternal and Child Health mission is to provide leadership, in partnership with key stakeholders, to improve the physical, socio-emotional health, safety and well-being of all Kentucky women, infants, children, adolescents and their families.

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anthem logoPublic Health Receives Grant Funding from Anthem Foundation to Help Pregnant Women Quit Smoking

Nutrition Services

Nutritional ServicesThe  Nutrition Services Branch administers the federally funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC Program) that provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding information, when appropriate, and referral for intensive care to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children at nutrition risk.

Early Childhood Development

The Early Childhood Development Branch provides active leadership in achieving the health goals of the state’s early childhood initiatives through HANDS (Health Access Nurturing Development Services), CCHC Child Care Health Consultation for Healthy Start in Child Care, ECMH Early Childhood Mental Health, First Steps - Kentucky's Early Intervention System, Newborn Screening, Genetics, Adult PKU and KY Birth Surveillance Registry.

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Update - School Physical Form

Students entering kindergarten and sixth grade should have a body mass index (BMI) percentile check as part of required back-to-school health physicals. BMI measures are used to monitor four weight categories: underweight, healthy weight, overweight and obese. Collecting this information will help Kentucky more accurately monitor the status of children’s health based on BMI measures.


Infant Mortality Information

Safe Sleep Kentucky

The Safe Sleep Campaign is a statewide effort to raise awareness of and help inform parents and other child caregivers of the importance of safe sleep for babies.

Safe Sleep Kentucky seeks to prevent SIDS-related infant deaths by emphasizing ABCD, the four letters associated with the best practices to make sure infants sleep safely.

A is for Alone - Stay close, sleep apart
B is for Back - On my back for night and naps
C is for Crib - In a Clean, Clear, Crib
D is for Danger - Be aware, not impaired. Drinking and drug use impair your ability to care for a baby, making bed-sharing and other unsafe sleep even more dangerous for the baby. 

The campaign hopes to partner with health care professionals to actively promote these simple steps to save babies' lives.

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WKU Safe Sleep Survey (Spanish) Kentucky logo designating an external link

Safe Sleep Survey Consent Form.pdf

Safe Sleep Survey.pdf

Safe Sleep Survey (Spanish).pdf


Last Updated 2/6/2018