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Health: Family Health and Nutrition

H22 Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition

H23 Division of Perinatal, Early Childhood and Special Health Needs

H24 Nutrition Division

H25 Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program

H26 Organ Transplant Services


H22 Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Tel: 617-624-6060
Special Needs Community Support Line: 1-800-882-1435
TTY: 617-624-5992
Fax: 617-624-6062
www.mass.gov/dph

The Bureau oversees the following divisions and programs: Perinatal, 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 of Perinatal, Early Childhood and Special Health Needs
Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Tel: 617-624-6060
Community Resource Line: 1-800-882-1435
Fax: 617-624-6062
www.mass.gov/dph/specialhealthneeds
E-mail: Ron.Benham@state.ma.us

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; FIRSTLink Initiative; F.O.R. Families (co-run with the Department of Transitional Assistance, see S6 for more information); 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: the Massachusetts Genetics Program; 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 Fund; Masstart (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 02108-4619
Tel: 617-624-6100
WIC Toll Free: 1-800-WIC (942)-1007  (within Mass. only) 
Fax: 617-624-6179
www.mass.gov/dph
www.mass.gov/wic
E-mail: Mary.Kassler@state.ma.us 

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 seven 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 02108-4603
Tel: 617-624-5900
Smoker's Quitline: 1-800-TRY- TO- STOP (879-8676)
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 Services (OTS)
Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality
Department of Public Health
99 Chauncy Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02111
Tel: 617-753-7342
Fax: 617-753-7349
www.mass.gov/dph

The Office of Organ Transplant Services develops health policies regarding organ transplant issues; serves as a liaison to donation agencies; and administers the Organ Transplant Fund, which receives contributions through Massachusetts Income Tax Returns. The Organ Transplant Fund was established to assist residents of the Commonwealth with the costs of medically approved transplants. Organ transplants to be covered include: heart, lung, liver, heart-lung, kidney, pancreas and bone marrow. Patients assisted by the Fund must be Massachusetts residents with a functioning transplant and must not be eligible for other forms of assistance. All contributions received by the Fund assist patients with the cost of medications without which they might lose their transplanted organs. When appropriate the Fund also assumes the cost of insurance premiums providing medication coverage. In keeping with its health policy responsibilities, OTS also works closely with the Determination of Need Program in monitoring compliance on conditions of approval of transplantation programs in the Commonwealth.


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