Bureau of Family Health
The Bureau of Family Health is the section of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals that administers several programs that work to assure that pregnant women, women of childbearing age, infants, children, and youth in Louisiana have access to high quality primary and preventive healthcare.
The Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC) program helps Louisiana Child Care Centers meet annual licensure requirements for education and training on health and safety topics.
- Class A and B Child Care facilities must receive a total of 15 hours of education and training annually and three (3) of the requirement 15 training hours come from the CCHC program.
- Information on childcare facility licensing is provided by the Department of Education.
- Topics on health and safety must be provided by a CCHC Consultant.
Steps to Set Up Training
- Select training topic(s) (suggested, not inclusive list):
Medication Administration Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Emergency Preparedness Food Safety Infectious Diseases Nutrition/Childhood Obesity Prevention Health of Child Care Staff Food Allergies Care for the Sick Child Safe Sleep/SIDS Immunizations Injury Prevention Environmental Health Child Passenger/Car Seat Safety Emotional/Behavioral Health Playground Safety Oral Health
- Contact a consultant in your area to arrange a date and time for your training.
- Training fees range from $5-$10 per participant per hour.
- At the end of training, the facility will receive a certificate of attendance for their records.
For more information on CCHC programs, or if you are interested in becoming a CCHC consultant, click here.
The Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV program) of the Bureau of Family Health implements
the evidence-based home visitation models of Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) and
Parents as Teachers (PAT) for eligible Louisiana mothers and their families.
The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based home visitation model for Medicaid eligible first-time mothers and their families. The Louisiana NFP model implementation began in 1999, and the program's goals are to improve pregnancy outcomes, improve child health and development, and improve families' economic self-sufficiency.
The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP): For enrolled clients, nurse visits begin in the first or second trimester of pregnancy, and continue until the child turns 2 years old. Nurses provide education, support and guidance to help women have a healthy pregnancy and care for their baby.
NFP services are available in all 9 administrative regions in Louisiana.
To be eligible for NFP services, a woman must be:
- Pregnant with her first child
- Less than 29 weeks along in her pregnancy
- Medicaid eligible
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an evidence-based home visitation model for Medicaid eligible pregnant women or families with Medicaid-eligible children up to 12 months of age (priority given to children under 4 months). The Louisiana PAT model implementation began in October 2013. The families enrolled in the program are supported from pregnancy through to kindergarten with the goals to improve parenting practices, provide early detection or developmental delays and health issues, and increase school readiness and success.
Parents as Teachers (PAT): For enrolled clients, parent educators incorporate personal visits in the home, group meetings for PAT-enrolled parents, health and developmental screenings for PAT-enrolled children, and a resource network to help PAT-enrolled families reach their goals and address their needs.
PAT services are available in administrative regions 7 (Shreveport-area) and 8 (Monroe-area) in Louisiana.
To be eligible for PAT services, the client must be:
- A Medicaid-eligible pregnant woman OR
- A Medicaid-eligible child 12 months or younger (priority given to children under 4 months) OR
- A Nurse-Family Partnership graduate family
- For Regional Contacts for NFP, click here.
- For Regional Contacts for PAT, click here.
- To refer a potential client to the NFP program by calling the regional contact from the list above.
- For more information about the Louisiana NFP program and the Louisiana PAT program, contact the Bureau of Family Health at (504) 568-3504.
- For more information about the National Nurse-Family Partnership Program, visit their website.
The Fetal-Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Program is an action-oriented community process that continually assesses, monitors, and works to improve service systems and community resources for women, infants, and families.
- FIMR anonymously reviews fetal (stillbirth) and infant deaths.
- A summary of the reviews are presented to the community to improve services and resources and potentially reduce future deaths.
- The review process is anonymous and protected under HIPPA.
The Louisiana FIMR is sponsored by the Louisiana Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health and is a key part of the state’s Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative.
The Louisiana FIMR is modeled after the National FIMR initiative, which is is supported by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
A FIMR network is established in each of the nine administrative regions of the state. The network involves 2 teams:
- Case Review Team (CRT): Medical and healthcare professionals volunteer to review local fetal and infant death cases and to investigate needs, gaps, and opportunities to develop strategies to improve health.
- Community Action Team (CAT): a broad-based team of community members who hear recommendations from the CRT and work to prioritize needs, identify, coordinate and plan interventions to improve community health.
Click to watch a video [NEED LINK] about the Louisiana FIMR program.
Regional FIMR contact information
Cara Bergo, MPH
Robin Gruenfeld, MPH
Amy Zapata, MPH
Region 1: New Orleans Area
Rosa Bustamante-Forest, APRN, MPH
Region 2: Baton Rouge Area
Kelly Bankston, RN
Region 3: Thibodaux Area
Nicole Soudelier, RN, BSN
Region 4: Lafayette Area
Christine Cornell, RN
Region 5: Lake Charles Area
Nancy Roach, RN, BSN
Linda Pickett, RN, BSN
Region 6: Alexandria Area
Annelle Tanner, RN, MSN, EdD
Lisa Norman, RN, BSN
Region 7: Shreveport Area
Shelley Ryan Gray, BN, RN
Region 8: Monroe Area
Amy Pyles, RN
Region 9: Northshore Area
Marty Hennegan, RN, BSN
The Louisiana Office of Public Health Nutrition Program works closely with the Bureau of Family Health to provide nutrition information and supplementation, breastfeeding support, and obesity prevention for children.
WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) is a Federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program designed to provide assistance to:
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding children up to one year of age
- Post-partum women
- Children age five and under
Click to view the WIC eligibility guide
Click to view WIC clinic locations
Click to learn more about the National WIC program
For more information about WIC in Louisiana, including how to receive benefits and eligibility requirements, click here or call Partners for Healthy Babies at 1-800-251-BABY (2229).
NAP SACC (Nutrition And Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care)
NAP SACC (Nutrition And Physical Activity Self Assessment for Child Care) is a provider-based program implemented in childcare centers. The program promotes healthy weight development in preschool children by improving:
- the quality of food served
- the amount and quality of physical activity
- staff-child interactions
- facility nutrition and physical activity policies and practices
- related environmental characteristics
For more information about NAP SACC, contact the Bureau of Family Health at (504) 568-3504.
The data are in and NAP SACC works to improve physical activity. Read the article from Childhood Obesity to learn more.
If you are a NAP SACC childcare center you may qualify to become a Well-Spot as part of Well-Ahead Louisiana.
Reproductive Health Program
The Reproductive Health Program provides reproductive health resources and services for men and women. Through a network of clinics, the program provides disease screening, health education, counseling and contraceptive methods.
- Physical exam, including Pap test and clinical breast exam
- Family planning counseling and education
- Provision of medications and/or supplies as needed
- Testing for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) and HIV/AIDS
- Pregnancy testing
- Sterilization counseling, education and referral
- Tubal ligation and vasectomy
- Preconception counseling ("Planning Your Pregnancy")
- Reproductive health education and information
- Consultations and referrals for infertility
- Community outreach, tracking and maintenance of high-risk patients
- Education and information targeting adolescents
The Directory of Family Planning Clinics and Schedules can be found here.
The Reproductive Health Program's consumer website has information on their services as well as tools for reproductive life planning, contraceptive method selection, and Louisiana resources for reproductive health.
Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®)
- TOP is administered by the Bureau of Family Health’s Family Planning program and aims to prevent teen pregnancy and increase academic success by increasing life skills on a number of different topics, including healthy relationships, communication, values clarification, examining influences, goal setting, decision making, adolescent development and sexual health, and community service learning.
- TOP is a comprehensive youth development strategy that promotes the positive development of adolescents through a combination of curriculum-guided group discussion and community service learning. The program provides teens with the necessary support and opportunities to prepare for successful adulthood and avoid problem behavior.
- The TOP clubs meet weekly throughout the school year for approximately one-hour sessions. The TOP program is implemented in partnership with schools and community organizations.
- The TOP program is recommended by the US Department of Health and Human Services based on rigorous evaluation.
- For more information about TOP and Family Planning, contact the Bureau of Family Health at (504) 568-3504.
The Bureau of Family Health’s Epidemiology Program, known as the Data to Action Team, collects, links, analyzes, and interprets data related to women, children, and families. The team provides epidemiologic leadership and support to:
- Monitor health and well-being among Louisiana's women, children, and families
- Guide program planning and evaluation
- Inform health and other public policy initiatives
- Evaluate the effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of health services
- Support public health research
- Translate objective data to inform actions
Epidemiologists analyze statewide, regional, and local-level data. Common MCH indicators are analyzed and posted to the website. These public indicators are available for use without the need to obtain permission.
- Additional statistical reports based on Vital Records and PRAMS data are available via written request to the team.
- To request statistics from the Data to Action Team, please complete and submit the Request for Statistics Form.
The Epidemiology Program consists of several projects:
- Louisiana Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (LaPRAMS) - LaPRAMS is an ongoing, population-based risk factor surveillance system designed to describe selected maternal behaviors and experiences that occur before and during pregnancy, as well as during a child's early infancy.
- Louisiana Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (LaPAMR) - LaPAMR determines the causes of maternal mortality and makes recommendations concerning quality improvement opportunities in maternity care and public health strategies to prevent maternal deaths in Louisiana.
- Louisiana Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Network - FIMR is an anonymous review process of stillbirths and infant deaths. A summary of these reviews are presented to community members in order to 1) understand the modifiable circumstances associated with infant deaths, 2) improve services and resources for women, infants and families, and 3) potentially reduce the occurrence of future deaths, ultimately reducing infant mortality in the state of Louisiana.
- Louisiana Child Death Review Program - The statewide child death review panel and local Child Death Review teams review reports of all unexpected deaths among children 14 years and younger to better understand how and why children die. Based on their reviews, local teams are responsible for making and implementing recommendations for child safety and injury prevention in their respective regions.
For additional information about these projects visit online, or contact the Bureau of Family Health at (504) 568-3504.
The GIFT is an evidence-based program for Louisiana birthing facilities designed to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success by improving the quality of their maternity services and enhancing patient-centered care.
The GIFT offers the hospital recognition in the form of a GIFT designation. The program is designed to facilitate the pathway to Baby-Friendly designation.
Currently, 24 birthing facilities are GIFT designated in Louisiana.
Click here to apply to be a GIFT-designated facility, and for more information.
If you are a Gift designated facility, you may qualify to become a Well-Spot as part of Well-Ahead Louisiana
(LaPRAMS) Louisiana Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System
LaPRAMS is an ongoing, population-based risk factor surveillance system to describe select maternal behaviors and experiences that occur before and during pregnancy, as well as during a child’s early infancy. LaPRAMS is a cooperative effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and provides information on:
- Prenatal maternal behaviors and experiences: pregnancy intention, contraceptive use, alcohol use, tobacco use, physical abuse, life stress, counseling.
- Complications of pregnancy: hypertension, diabetes, hospitalization
- Postpartum maternal behaviors and experiences: depression, breastfeeding, contraceptive use, safety, infant sleep position
- For LaPRAMS reports, click here.
- For special data requests, submit at Request for Statistics.
- Check out our LaPRAMS one-pagers for more information or contact the Bureau of Family Health at (504) 568-3504.
Project LAUNCH Louisiana
Linking Action to Unmet Needs in Children’s Health (LAUNCH) is federally funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
LAUNCH aims to ensure that all children, ages 0 to 8, reach social, emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive milestones. This grant is a collaborative effort between the Office of Public Health and the Office of Behavioral Health. LAUNCH focuses on improving coordination and collaboration across systems that serve young children and their families, providing greater access to high-quality care and evidence-based programs for young children and their families, and raising awareness and increasing knowledge about young child wellness through public education and workforce development activities. Improvement in each of these areas will help establish a foundation for children to thrive in school and beyond.
The communities of focus are Lafayette, Acadia, and Vermilion parishes.
Partners for Healthy Babies (PHB) is a statewide project that links women to the medical, financial and social services they need to be healthy and have healthy babies. PHB’s toll-free helpline (1-800-251-BABY (2229)) and this website are available 24/7 and provide information and referrals to medical and social services statewide. The project develops multi-media messages to promote healthy behaviors before and during pregnancy.
PHB Project Activities
Multi-media messages including radio, TV, bus signage, billboards, posters, fliers, brochures related to promoting healthy behaviors before and during pregnancy.
For women and providers. Provides information and links to important health-related information and resources.
For Spanish-speaking women, parents and families. Provides information, tips, and links to health-related information and resources.
1-800-251-BABY (2229) Toll-free helpline, 24/7. Links women and their families to services and resources in their region.
Press Releases and Media Kits get news into news media.
Participate at select community events, develop partnerships with local community organizations and businesses that help PHB distribute messages and information.
PHB Program Background
Partners for Healthy Babies launched in 1993 in an effort to address Louisiana’s high infant mortality rate and the large percentage of low birthweight babies (babies born weighing less than 5.5 lbs). The program is administered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health in partnership with the Louisiana WIC program.
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