Bureau of Family Health
The Bureau of Family Health is a section of the Louisiana Department of Health. The Bureau administers programs that work to advance the health and well-being of women, children, adolescents, and families throughout the state. Find out which programs and services may be most helpful for you at PartnersforFamilyHealth.org.
Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) is a national initiative focused on early childhood development that is being piloted in Acadia, Lafayette, and Vermillion parishes in Louisiana. Learn more at PartnersforFamilyHealth.org.
The Louisiana Child Care Health Consultant (LACCHC) program trains health professionals to become Child Care Health Consultants. Learn more at PartnersforFamilyHealth.org.
The Bureau of Family Health also administers the related program Go NAP SACC (Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care). Go NAP SACC, a national and evidenced-based program, promotes healthy weight in preschool children by assessing child care centers’ current practices related to nutrition and physical activity. Learn more at PartnersforFamilyHealth.org.
Learn more about the Bureau of Family Health’s family support and coaching services, which are offered through our Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, at PartnersforFamilyHealth.org.
Learn more about the Bureau of Family Health’s SIDS Risk Reduction and Safe Sleep Campaign, known as Give Your Baby Space, at PartnersforFamilyHealth.org.
Regional Maternal and Child Health Coordinators
The Bureau of Family Health manages a network of nine Regional Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Coordinators who work towards improving maternal, infant, and child mortality and morbidity. The Regional MCH Coordinators provide leadership in their respective regions and develop prevention measures for the leading causes of fetal, infant, and child deaths through collaboration with key community and state partners.. This team is responsible for managing Louisiana’s Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR), Child Death Review (CDR), and Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review (PAMR).
Regional MCH Coordinators are responsible for convening regional teams that, after periodic review and analysis of abstracted regional fetal, infant and child deaths, identify health system interventions for improvement. Targeted systems include prenatal care, social support services, education, home visitation, and community-based outreach
Fetal-Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) and Child Death Review (CDR)
The Fetal-Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) and Child Death Review (CDR) programs are action-oriented community processes that continually assess, monitor, and work to improve service systems and community resources for women, infants, children and families.
How FIMR and CDR programs work:
FIMR and CDR both review deaths, but focus on different age groups.
anonymously reviews fetal (stillbirth) and infant deaths between 28-36 6/7 weeks gestation.
anonymously reviews sleep-related infant deaths and unexpected deaths of children 0-14 years of age.
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 HIPAA.
FIMR and CDR networks are present in each of the nine administrative regions of the state. Each network involves 2 teams:
- Case Review Team (CRT): Medical and healthcare professionals volunteer to review local 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.
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).
Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review (PAMR)
Louisiana has reviewed maternal deaths in some capacity since 1992, and in 2010 the Bureau of Family Health began the Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review under the authorization of the Louisiana Commission on Perinatal Care and the Prevention of Infant Mortality.
Louisiana ranks 44th in the nation for maternal mortality, with 17.9 moms dying for every 100,000 live births. Maternal mortality surveillance is needed to identify and address the factors contributing to poor pregnancy outcomes for women. Though it requires an investment of time and resources, a structured death review process can be a powerful facilitator of state systems change to improve the health of women before, during and after pregnancy.
Find statewide mortality surveillance contacts on PartnersforFamilyHealth.org.
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 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.
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. Update: As of July 7, 2016, the
East Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit (PHU) is temporarily closed. Clients of the health unit
should call 225-342-6933 for more information. Clients may still receive
services at any other PHU. Nearby health units include: Livingston, Port Allen, New Roads, Gonzales, and Clinton. This website will be updated as more information about locations and services in the Baton Rouge area become available.
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.
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 (Louisiana PRAMS) – Louisiana PRAMS 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 hospital designation program for Louisiana birthing facilities designed to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success. Learn more at PartnersforFamilyHealth.org.
Louisiana Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring (PRAMS) System
Louisiana PRAMS 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. Louisiana PRAMS 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 Louisiana PRAMS reports, click here.
- For special data requests, submit at Request for Statistics.
- Check out our Louisiana PRAMS one-pagers for more information or contact the Bureau of Family Health at (504) 568-3504.
Partners for Healthy Babies (PHB) is a statewide project that links women and families to the medical, financial and social services they need to be healthy and have healthy babies. Learn more at PartnersforFamilyHealth.org.
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.
PHB Annual Report
The annual Partners for Healthy Babies campaign data report is a compilation of trends, quality indicators and usage data for the helpline, website, and social media. It helps identify changes over time in how target audiences interact with various components of Partners for Healthy Babies, and helps guide the future directions of the project.
The 2016 PHB Annual Report is available here.
The Louisiana Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Educator Program seeks to build community awareness around ACEs, trauma, and resilience science across the state via a robust and well-informed network of trained educators. Learn more at PartnersforFamilyHealth.org.
What is LAPEN?
The Louisiana Parenting Education Network (LAPEN) is a program administered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals’ Bureau of Family Health. It is a professional association for parenting educators in Louisiana, and is composed of professionals from
various backgrounds and training who share a common interest in providing high quality parenting education.
The mission of LAPEN is to guide and empower educators to provide effective parenting education and support services throughout the state.
What do Parenting Educators do?
Parenting educators support parents and caregivers, and help them gain the knowledge and skills they need to nurture the healthy physical, cognitive and emotional development of their children.
Resources for Parenting Educators
|Regional Trainings and Continuing Education||LAPEN develops and promotes trainings and continuing education for parenting educators across the state. In collaboration with the LSU School of Social Work, LAPEN administers the Certificate in Parenting Education program, which provides foundational knowledge in the delivery of parenting education services. LAPEN also sponsors an annual one-day Summit for Parenting Educators throughout the state.|
|Core Competencies||Nine competency areas for parenting educators adopted by LAPEN help standardize professional development goals, set assessment and evaluation measures, and communicate the goals of parenting education to caregivers and partner programs.|
|Professional Development Portfolio||An online tool helps educators keep track of their training and professional development experiences related to the core competencies.|
|Parenting Educator Registry||A searchable online database facilitates communication among parenting educators, links parent education programs, and provides a means to identify parenting educators by their location, training and areas of expertise.|
|Email Network||Regular emails provide information and updates on national and local trainings for parenting educators, parenting education resources and the field of parenting education. To join, contact email@example.com.|
|lapen.org||The website hosts the Professional Development Portfolio and Parenting Educator Registry. It also links educators to resources including summits, regional trainings, webinars, articles and assessment and evaluation tools.|
For more information about LAPEN, contact Lenell Young, LAPEN Director, at Lenell.Young@LA.GOV or
The Bureau of Family Health’s administers the following programs designed to address special health needs for children and families.
The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf provides accessibility services for persons whom are Deaf, deaf-blind, or have hearing loss or speech impairment to gain equal access to any public or private service.
The Louisiana Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program is designed to reduce child and youth disability and death due to severe illness or injury. The goals are to ensure that state-of-the-art emergency medical care is available for all ill or injured children and adolescents; that pediatric services are well integrated into an emergency medical services (EMS) system; and that the entire spectrum of emergency services, including primary prevention of illness and injury, acute care, and rehabilitation, are provided to children and adolescents.
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