MCH and WIC Main Office

333 Church Street, Ottumwa, IA, USA

Phone 6416828784


Program: 1st Five

Iowa's 1st Five – Healthy Mental Development Initiative builds partnerships between medical providers and public service providers to enhance high quality well-child care. Medical providers make a referral to 1st Five and a developmental support specialist contacts the family to discuss the family's concerns. 1st Five developmental support specialists provide resources and referrals to help meet the needs of the family.

Services:

  • Child development referrals, such as speech or physical therapy
  • Developmental screens
  • Mental health or behavioral therapy referrals
  • Child development information/education
  • Community resource referrals/information
  • Financial resources
  • Connection to resources to meet individualized family needs or concerns

Intake Process:

Referrals are made through primary care providers to public health agencies. To make a self-referral, contact your child's primary care provider and request a 1st Five referral.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: No

Appointment Needed: No

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The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program oversees blood lead testing of children, provides case management services when children are identified as lead-poisoned, and conducts education and outreach services regarding childhood lead poisoning. Childhood lead poisoning has significant effects on the health of children and on community health. Lead has adverse effects on nearly all organ systems in the body. It is especially harmful to the developing brains and nervous systems of children under the age of six years.

Services:

  • Identification and case management for children with elevated blood lead levels;
  • Identification and control of lead paint hazards;
  • Surveillance of elevated blood lead levels in children to monitor progress; and
  • Provide education and outreach regarding childhood lead poisoning in communities and promote community involvement.

Intake Process:

Contact Iowa Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program at 1-800-972-2026.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: No

Appointment Needed: No

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Program: Early ACCESS

Early ACCESS is an early intervention system of services provided to families. Services provide support and resources to help assist families enhance children’s development through everyday learning environments. Common areas are talking, moving, seeing, listening, thinking, eating, or playing. Every child is eligible for an evaluation. The evaluation will determine eligibility for further services.

Services:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Audiology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Family Training/Counseling
  • Health Services
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Special Instruction
  • Speech Language Therapy
  • Vision
  • Transportation

Intake Process:

Call the Iowa Family Support Network at 1.888.425.4371, your local Area Education Agency, or local Child Health Specialty Clinic.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: No

Appointment Needed: No

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The Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit provides comprehensive and preventive health care services for children. The role of EPSDT is to promote the physical, mental, social, emotional, and behavioral health of children from birth to age 21. The EPSDT program emphasizes the use of a regular schedule of recommended well-child health visits, called screenings, to provide preventative health care and identify medical, developmental, and social-emotional concerns.

Services:

  • Audiology referrals
  • Dental screening referrals to dentists
  • Referrals to diagnostic and treatment services
  • Health services
  • Immunization reminders
  • Transportation information
  • Vision screening referrals

Eligibility:

Medicaid clients from birth to age 21.

Intake Process:

Parents or guardians should contact their local DHS office to enroll in Medicaid. This automatically enrolls the child in the EPSDT program. Families can contact their local EPSDT program for referrals to Medicaid covered services.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: No

Appointment Needed: No

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Healthy Child Care Iowa supports registered nurse child care health consultants (CCHC) throughout Iowa. The child care nurse consultants provide on-site consultations, technical assistance, and training to child care providers. Businesses may call or send questions to a child care nurse consultant about health and safety policies, health programs, health of personnel, and specific child health or safety issues.

There is also a toll-free talkline available to child care providers and families for health related questions and to be connected to a child care nurse consultant. The Healthy Families Hotline number is 1.800.369.2229. Multiple language interpretation is available.

Services:

  • Assessment of the child care environment for health and safety policy and practices
  • Review of child health portion of enrollment record for health status of child, and identify overall health and safety needs of the whole group of children enrolled in child care
  • Program planning with child care providers to meet the National Health and Safety Standards for Out-of-Home child care
  • Issues specific consultation for identification of health and safety needs
  • Technical assistance for specific problems or need areas
  • Training of child care providers on health and safety issues
  • Assist child care providers in drafting policy or procedures pertaining to health and safety
  • Audit of immunization records, incident reports, etc.

Services are provided in licensed child care centers, registered child development homes, preschools, Head Start or Early Head Start, and non-registered child care homes.

Eligibility:

Services are available to all Iowa child care providers and families.

Intake Process:

Contact your local Child Care Nurse Consultant or Child Care Resource and Referral.

Handicap Accessible: No

Appointment Needed: No

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Program: I-Smile

I-Smile™ Dental Home Initiative is a statewide program that connects Iowans with dental, medical, and community resources to ensure a lifetime of health and wellness.An I-Smile Coordinator provides care coordination and support to families with children who need dental care. The I-Smile Coordinator can help with: Setting up dental appointments, providing reminders of when the dental appointment is, arranging for transportation to the dental appointment, and providing education on oral health care.

Services:

  • Oral screenings
  • Fluoride varnish applications
  • Sealant applications
  • Prophylaxes
  • Radiographs
  • Educate parents about the benefits of regular preventive dental care
  • Provide families with the names and locations of dental providers
  • Assist families with scheduling dental appointments
  • Arrange dental support services, such as transportation and translation

Eligibility:

Children and pregnant women.

Intake Process:

Contact your local I-Smile coordinator.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant, Medicaid Waiver, Financial Assistance Available, Medicaid

Handicap Accessible: No

Appointment Needed: No

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Maternal Health services provide home visitation, personalized education, prenatal and postpartum care to pregnant and parenting women.

Services:

  • Medical assessment
  • Dental assessment
  • Health and nutrition education
  • Mental health screening and referral
  • Care coordination
  • Assistance with plans for delivery
  • Postpartum home visiting

Eligibility:

Maternal health services are available to pregnant women who are residents of Iowa. Income guidelines of 300% Federal Poverty Level.

Intake Process:

Call to enroll.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: No

Appointment Needed: No

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WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children. WIC is a federally funded public health nutrition program helping families by providing healthy foods, nutrition education, and referrals to other health care agencies.

Services:

  • Supplemental food benefits for grocery stores and some farmer's markets
  • Nutrition counseling and education
  • Breastfeeding education, promotion, breast pumps, and support
  • Immunization screening and referrals
  • Health and social service referrals

Eligibility:

WIC serves women, infants, and children that meet income based guidelines.

Intake Process:

Contact the local WIC office and schedule an appointment. Bring proof of address, proof of identity, and proof of income.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: No

Appointment Needed: No

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