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Maternal Children's - Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program (MCAH)

Program Mission

The mission of the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program is to develop systems that protect and improve the health of California’s women of reproductive age, infants, children, adolescents, and their families.

Program Goal

The goal of the Siskiyou County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) program is:

  • All children are born healthy and to healthy mothers

  • All women, children and their families have a safe and healthy environment to live in

  • All women, children, and their families have equal access to applicable and needed care within an integrated and seamless system

  • No health status disparities among racial/ethnic, gender, economic and regional groups are encountered

  • The needs of these families are continually assessed so that the program meets the participant’s needs

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The MCAH staff provides nursing case management services to pregnant teens, and women who are at risk of poor pregnancy outcomes. Services are usually provided in the home setting as detailed below:

  • Early pregnancy identification and referral of pregnant women in need of prenatal care and supportive services.  We begin with a financial screening, enrollment, risk assessment, health screening, education, WIC certification and referral to a local obstetrician.

  • Identification and referral of infants and children with special medical and social needs. Provide guidance, assessment, information, referral and coordination of care for a child and family.

  • Nursing case management to families with infants and children who have physical or mental conditions and families who have high potential for poor parenting. Service is usually provided in the home setting.

Health News Updates:

World breastfeeding week


World breastfeeding week is finally here! Each August the world comes together to support breastfeeding mothers. You can read more about WBW here.

To celebrate, we've assembled a selection of our favorite breastfeeding articles from around the world:


Breastfeeding Mothers Spend More Time With Their Infants

Woman breastfeeding infant

Lactating mothers spend more time carrying, holding, and soothing their babies than nonlactating mothers, according to a study in Breastfeeding Medicine. Julie P. Smith, PhD, at the College of Asia and the Pacific in Canberra, Australia, and Robert Forrester, at The Australian National University, also in Canberra, conducted a study with 156 new mothers to increase their understanding about the time spent providing emotional support and cognitive stimulation to infants. “This study is the first to address… how lactation status relates to maternal time use, and contributes new data on maternal time spent in interactive care of their infants,” the authors said. (read the full article)


Lioness Nurses Baby Leopard

Lioness nursing

The lioness is known as Nosikitok, and is known to have given birth to three cubs of her own in late June. That means “she is absolutely awash with maternal hormones and that instinct to take care of her own babies,” said the president and chief conservation officer of the global wild cat organization Panthera. “This simply wouldn’t have happened if she wasn’t suckling her own babies.” Typically, he elaborated, a lioness would kill a baby leopard. That’s because the baby, while very small and terribly adorable, is just another meat-eating competitor in a wild, sometimes severe world. (read the full article)

Mall Introduces Breastfeeding Mannequins To End The Stigma

Mannequin breastfeeding

Stores at the Centro Mayor shopping mall in Bogota, Colombia, placed breastfeeding mannequins in their windows to raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and to help end stigmas associated with it. The campaign was launched by Amigos de la Lactancia (Friends of Breastfeeding), an organization that supports mothers who have been shamed or criticized for nursing in public. One of their goals is to help make shopping centers a safe space for breastfeeding mamas. The campaign was created by global healthcare company Abbot which, interestingly, sells formula and other infant feeding products. (read the full article)

Breastfeeding May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack or Stroke

Woman breastfeeding

A woman's risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke later in life may be influenced by how long she breastfed her children, according to a new study. Findings indicate that women who reported ever having breastfed were about 9% less likely to have signs of heart disease in middle age and about 8% less likely to have a stroke than women who had never breastfed. This study joins a growing body of evidence linking breastfeeding with reduced health risks for women later in life. (see the study)

Breastfeeding benefits


SMOKING:  before, during and after pregnancy

Get the Facts:


Banner-ZIKA What Californians need to know

Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (also known as yellow fever mosquitoes) or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes (also known as Asian tiger mosquitoes). These mosquitoes are not native to California. However, since 2011 they have been detected in several California counties. An Aedes mosquito can only transmit Zika virus after it bites a person who has this virus in their blood. To date there has been no local mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus in California. Thus far in California, Zika virus infections have been documented only in people who were infected while traveling to areas with ongoing Zika transmission, through sexual contact with an infected traveler, or through maternal-fetal transmission during pregnancy. Zika virus during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other severe brain defects in infants.  Additionally, there is an association between Zika and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a disease affecting the nervous system.


Banner--SIDS Reducing the Risk

Did You Know That?

  • SIDS is leading cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age.
  • Most SIDS deaths happen when babies are between 1 month and 4 months of age.
  • Each year, about 4,000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time, from SIDS, accidently suffocation or unknown causes.
  • SIDS is not a risk for babies 1 year of age or older.

Reduce the Risk of SIDS

  • Always place the baby on his/her back to sleep.
  • Use a firm and flat sleep surface such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft items in the sleep area.
  • Do not place soft objects, toys, crib bumpers or loose bedding under baby, over baby or anywhere in baby’s sleep area.
  • Share your room with baby.  Keep baby in your room close to your bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants.
  • Do not smoke during pregnancy or around baby after baby is born.
  • Breastfeed your baby.
  • Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
  • Follow health care provider guidance on your baby’s vaccines and regular health checkups.
  • Avoid product that go against safe sleep recommendations, especially those that claim to prevent or reduce the risk for SIDS.
  • Give your baby plenty of “tummy time” when he or she is awake and someone is watching

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