Maternal and Child Health

OneHealth Maternal & Child Health Program

Maternal Child Health

Custer County Maternal Child Health Program administers the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant (MCH BG) in Custer County. The MCH BG is funded under Title V of the Social Security Act. The MCH BG has as its general purpose, the improvement of the health of all the mothers and children in the Nation consistent with the applicable health status goals and national health objectives. OneHealth provides services to women of childbearing age, infants, and children. Many services are based on a sliding fee scale, including Well Child visits and Home Visits.

Maternal and Early Childhood Home Visiting

What is Home Visiting?
Home visiting services support healthy pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and strong parent-child relationships. Home visiting services build on parent and family strengths. Home visiting services are generally provided in the family’s home, and may also include opportunities for group connections and other community activities.

Professional, trained home visitors partner with parents and/or parents-to-be to meet the needs and goals of the family, connect the family to community resources, and promote the physical and emotional health of the child and family.

The home visiting models implemented in Montana as a part of the MT MECHV Program are evidence-based, which means that research shows the models have positive outcomes for families.

Our Family Support Program: Sprouts

(Supporting Positive Roots, Offering Unique, Teachable Strategies)

Fetal Infant Child and Maternal Mortality Review (FICMMR)

As a part of the MCH Block Grant Fetal, Infant Child and Maternal Mortality Review (FICMMR) is a local and statewide effort to reduce preventable fetal, infant child and maternal deaths by making recommendations based on lessons learned from reviews of the deaths. This process was authorized in statute (MCA 50-19-401 through 50-19-406) in 1997.

The prevention of fetal, infant, child and maternal deaths is both the policy of the state of Montana and a community responsibility. The death of an infant or child can be viewed as a sentinel event that is a measure of a community’s overall social and economic well-being and health. The FICMMR process identifies critical community strengths and weaknesses. Information is used to identify preventable causes of death and allows for education within the community.