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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Health: Family Health and Nutrition

H22 Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition

H23 Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs

H24 Nutrition Division

H25 Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program

H26 Organ Transplant Fund


H22 Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-624-6060
TTY: 617-624-5992
www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/family-health

The Bureau oversees the following divisions and programs: Pregnancy, Infancy, Early Childhood and Special Needs; Maternal and Child Health Block Grant; Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention; Nutrition and the Office of Data Translation.


H23 Division for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs
Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-624-6060
Special Needs Community Support Line: 1-800-882-1435

www.mass.gov/dph/specialhealthneeds

The goal of the division is to reduce rates of infant mortality and low birthweight, to prevent health and developmental problems in infants and children, and to improve the long-term health outcomes in families by targeting services in the reproductive, childhood, and adolescent years. The division strives to reduce barriers to prenatal services, pediatric care and family planning services; and to provide primary care, and family support services to women of reproductive age, women who are pregnant, children and youth in a manner sensitive to individual needs and cultures. Its programs include: Early Intervention; Safe Motherhood and Universal Newborn Hearing Screening. The division also plans, implements and evaluates public health programs for children with special health needs and their families. This role goes back to Title V of the Social Security Act, which established a system for states to provide care for children with special health care needs starting in 1935. Programs include case management of children with special health care needs, such as: Pediactric Palliative Care Network, and the Special Medical Fund; which helps when it has been determined that public and private services are not available to the child. The Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fundis another financial assistance program for children with medical conditions not covered by private insurance, federal or state healthcare, or any other source. MassStart (Mass. Technology Assistance Resource Team) and MassCare (Mass. Community AIDS Resource Enhancement Program) are also family-oriented health programs,-while the Office on Health and Disability (OHD) seeks to improve the health and well-being of persons of all ages with disabilities in Massachusetts.


H24 Nutrition Division
Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-624-6100
WIC Toll Free: 1-800-WIC (942)-1007 (within Mass. only)
www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/family-health/nutrition.html
www.mass.gov/wic

Within this division, the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children, more commonly known by its acronym, WIC was designed to improve the nutritional content of the participants' diet, both while they are enrolled in the program and when they no longer receive WIC services. It provides access to nutritious foods via vouchers; nutrition education and counseling; and health care referrals to women, infants, and children less than five years of age who are at medical or nutritional risk. The Growth and Nutrition Program funds several clinics across the state to evaluate and treat children with Failure-to-Thrive. The program was established by the legislature to evaluate and treat children with severe under-nutrition, or failure-to-thrive, which results in both growth and social development delays. Services include home visitation, collaborative community-based outreach projects, provider training, research and advocacy.


H25 Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 4th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Tel: 617-624-5900
www.mass.gov/dph/mtcp

The Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program is a statewide program composed of state, regional and local initiatives. MTCP emphasizes the prevention/cessation of tobacco use through programs and materials that address the reduction and prevention of youth smoking, workplace smoking and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.


H26 Organ Transplant Fund (OTF)
Division of Prevention and Wellness
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 4th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Tel: 617-994-9843
www.mass.gov/dph

Formerly the Office of Organ Transplant Services (OTS) the Organ Transplant Fund, (OTF) was established to assist Massachusetts residents with the uninsured cost of their medically approved transplants and related expenses. OTF may be used for any medical, rehabilitation or other costs deemed necessary to maintaining the transplant recipient health and allograft function. The funds may be used for reimbursement of out-of-pocket costs or partial costs of: transplant related drugs, health insurance premiums, medical co-pays, and transportation to medical and post-operative appointments. OTF consists of donations made by taxpayers on their state income tax, or directly to the fund. Residents of the state are eligible for assistance with expenses not covered by insurance if they have received a functioning organ and have an Adjusted Gross Income of 300% of the federal poverty level or below. OTF shall not pay for items covered by government programs such as ESRD Program or Medicare, or by your public or private insurance.


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