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MCAH Mission
The San Bernardino County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program’s mission is to improve health outcomes of the County’s reproductive age women, infants, children, adolescents and their families.

MCAH Vision
MCAH believes and strives to shape a future San Bernardino County in which:
• All children are wanted, nurtured and provided the assistance they need to mature into healthy, productive adults
• Young adults are involved in health promoting activities and acquire the skills as adults to build strong families and communities
• Women’s and families’ health, safety and well-being throughout life are a priority
• Health disparities by racial, ethnic, geographic area and economic status have been eliminated

MCAH Priorities
• Breastfeeding promotion and support
• Assure access to quality care, especially for those with low-incomes or limited access to care.
• Improve pregnancy outcomes, including low birth weight and prematurity rates
• Reduce rate of SIDS and promote a safe sleep environment

The Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) program seeks to identify and examine factors that contribute to fetal, neonatal and post neonatal deaths by establishing ongoing case review and community action teams.

The Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) program focuses on providing education about SIDS, grief counseling, and what can be done to reduce the risk of SIDS, such as placing babies on their back to sleep.

Comprehensive Perinatal Services (CPSP) is a provider- based program responsible to support delivery of early, continuous and quality services to pregnant and postpartum women and their infants.

The Black Infant Health (BIH) program serves pregnant and up to 6 months postpartum women who self identify as Black ages 16+.

The Perinatal Equity Initiative (PEI) seeks to expand services to Black mothers to build on the supports provided through BIH.

Through our contract with El Sol, the California Home Visiting Program (CHVP) provides home visits to overburdened families who are at risk for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to provide parenting support through preventive interventions for child development and maternal depression.

2022-23 Program Highlights

  • Efforts to establish perinatal levels of care
  • Expanded safe sleep activities
  • Addresses mental health service linkages
  • Builds on existing partnerships with WIC, Nutrition, and County Schools
  • Includes activities centered around addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and social determinants of health
  • Expands reach to communities through digital platforms


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Program

Public Health’s Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) program works with families, community organizations, and medical providers to promote education and awareness on infant safe sleep, SIDS, and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) risk reduction strategies.

The program provides referrals for grief, bereavement, and burial support services for families coping with an infant loss.

For more information, please call (800) 227-3034.

We want to hear from you! Join our Community Action Team: askMCAH@SBCounty.gov