Healthy moms, healthy families, healthier communities

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau's mission is to promote and improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families to reduce inequities and improve outcomes in Maryland. Our programs strive to strengthen and support the maternal and child health system of care to ensure the availability and accessibility of high-quality preventive, primary, and specialty care services.

Programs within the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) are integrated to assure a holistic and coordinated life span approach to enhance the health of Marylanders. MCHB uses the following strategies to carry out our mission:

  • Build strong partnerships at the local, state, and national levels to coordinate systems of care and improve access to and delivery of health services
  • Fund and administer programs and initiatives to address disparities and improve maternal, and child health outcomes
  • Empower and educate individuals of reproductive age so they may achieve their reproductive health goals and maintain optimal health
  • Collect, analyze, and monitor data to make informed decisions about public health interventions and priorities

MCHB is composed of four offices, including the Office of Family and Community Health Services, Office of Quality Initiatives, Women Infants and Children (WIC) and the Office of Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs.

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau also collaborates and coordinates activities with other State agencies on health issues that affect women and children. These issues include immunizations, injury prevention, mental health care, Medical Assistance, oral health care, substance abuse, and smoking cessation.

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