691 St. Paul Street, 4th Floor
Phone: 585 753-5437
Fax: 585 324-1740
Welcome to the Monroe County Department of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Division. This division offers the following services to children and families in Monroe County:
We will lead our community and New York State in providing innovative, integrated, family centered services. These services will be responsive and cost-effective in achieving improvements in health and developmental outcomes and will have a positive impact on the present and future health of children and families.
We strive to ensure healthy births and optimal development of all children, including those with special needs. We are committed to respecting the diversity and dignity of all families. Through appropriate and effective alignment of staff, financial resources and community partnerships, we provide public health services that will result in improved health and developmental outcomes for families and our community.
The WIC Program is a supplemental food and nutrition education program that serves pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum women, infants, and children up to the age of five. To be eligible, the applicant must be a resident of New York State and have a household income of less than 185% of the poverty level. For more information on income eligibility guidelines, please click here. Fill out this Pre-Screening Tool to see if you might qualify for WIC.
For Monroe County WIC site locations and hours click here.
(WIC) provides nutritious foods, including low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese, eggs, whole grains, peanut butter/beans, vegetables and fruits. WIC strongly promotes breastfeeding as the best way to feed your baby. Breastfeeding support is available through our WIC Nutritionists and the Peer Counselor Program (753-5640). Formula is also available for infants who are either partially breastfed or fully formula fed. For more information on breastfeeding, please click here.
WIC has been shown to improve the health of pregnant women, new mothers and their infants and children. The foods provided through WIC are a good source of essential nutrients that are often missing from the diets of women and young children. Pregnant women on WIC have longer healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births.
If you would like to apply for WIC, please call the Monroe County WIC Program at 753-4942. You can print the forms you will need by clicking on the links below. Forms can be submitted by FAX at 753-5272.
The PAT - Perinatal Health Program is a home visiting program serving pregnant women and their families. PAT utilizes Certified Parent Educators to provide the evidence-based Parents as Teachers Foundational Curriculum. The goal of the PAT Program is to help families build a nurturing environment for their children by utilizing the following: personal visits, group connections, screenings and connections to resources in the community. An equally important part of PAT is the health based component providing important prenatal, parenting and health education as well as a presumptive eligibility qualified provider on site. These services promote improved maternal health and insure optimal birth outcomes, improved child health and development and a healthy life course for families.
Certified Parent Educators can help you have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby by:
A certified parent educator will visit you and your baby 1-2 times a month during the pregnancy and until your baby is 1 year old. At this time you can be transitioned to the Parents as Teachers-Right from the Start Program at Crestwood Children’s Center to continue valuable parenting education.
There is no cost to families for this service. For more information call 585 753-5437.
The Children With Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN) is a statewide public health program that provides information and referral services for health and related areas for families of CSHCN.
The financial component of the CSHCN program is the Physically Handicapped Children’s Program (PHCP). PHCP is a federal grant program under the Social Security Act established to aid states in the provision of medical services for the treatment and rehabilitation of physically handicapped children. The program assures that diagnostic, evaluation and treatment services are available to eligible children. Certain medical and financial criteria apply. The criteria are not the same in every county.
The Physically Handicapped Children’s Program (PHCP) serves:
There are two parts to PHCP:
For more information call 585 753-5437.
Nurse-Family Partnership is a program for women who are having their first baby. Specially trained nurses will make home visits throughout your pregnancy and continue to visit you until your baby is 2-years old.
Any woman who is pregnant with her first child and meets income requirements can enroll. Women can join as early in their pregnancy as they like, but they must join before the 28th week of pregnancy.
There is no charge for this program.
Nurses will visit every week or two during your pregnancy and up until the baby is 2-years old.
The nurse will help you:
For more information Call: (585) 753-KIDS (753-5437)
Nurse Family Partnership National Web Site
Support for families who have experienced the death of an infant up to one year of age is offered through the Family Bereavement Program. Information and referral to community support services is available.
For more information, call 585 753-5437.
Breastfeed your baby! You can do it and WIC can help! WIC Peer Counselors are moms, just like you. They can help you learn about breastfeeding your baby. They can also answer any breastfeeding questions that you have and are available to help over the phone or in person. WIC offers weekly infant feeding classes for you and your family and each WIC site has a breastfeeding library containing books, videos and handouts for you to use. Did you know that you’ll get more WIC benefits if you breastfeed your baby? If you are exclusively breastfeeding your baby (only breast milk, no formula), you will receive additional foods on your WIC checks, such as tuna fish and carrots, in addition to the basic WIC foods. WIC believes that Breastfeeding is Best Feeding!
Breast milk is:
For more information on breastfeeding your baby or to be referred to a Peer Counselor, please call the WIC Breastfeeding Help Line at 753-5640. WIC also suggests that you visit the following web sites for the most up to date and informative breastfeeding information.
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