Family Health Bureau
The Family Health Bureau works to improve the health of women, children and families in New Mexico through policy, surveillance, assurance, and direct services provided to reproductive age women, infants, children, adolescents and their families, including children and youth with special healthcare needs. The staff in the bureau work to bring federal funds to New Mexico and provide guidance and oversight of program services provided in the regional health offices.
The Bureau has seven program areas including Children's Medical Services (CMS); the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC/Farmers’ Market); Family Planning (Title X); Families FIRST perinatal case management; Maternal & Child Health; Midwife Roster; and Maternal & Child Health Epidemiology.
As part of our Title V Maternal Child Health work, we conduct a statewide needs assessment every five years to assess the needs of our population, develop strategies to address the needs and ensure programmatic alignment. We work closely with our federal partners at the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Association of Maternal Child Health Programs (AMCHP) as well as the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP), and with many New Mexico agencies and stakeholders including parent and family organizations. Special projects include the Infant Mortality CoIIN project, the New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative, and partnering in the Statewide LARC task force to increase accessibility and awareness of long acting reversible contraception.
I am so grateful to work with such a dedicated, hard-working group of people. The staff in Family Health Bureau, and in our public health offices around the state, are extremely committed to this work and really take it to heart. It is not uncommon to find people who have served 20 or more years in one of these programs, because they are so committed to the program’s mission and to helping the people of New Mexico. We hope you will join us in fulfilling this mission.
The current organizational chart for the Family Health Bureau is as follows.
Support for Public Health Initiatives
The Family Health Bureau Staff show support for public health initiatives.
Please view the our Family Health Bureau Programs Overview Presentation to learn more.
Funding for 2017
The Family Health Bureau receives funding from several sources, primarily WIC funding from Food and Nutrition Services, Federal Title V and Title X grants, Matching and State General Funds, and Revenue for services.
Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Program
The Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Program is the nation’s oldest federal-state partnership. It aims to improve the health and well-being of women (particularly mothers) and children.
Title V funds are distributed to grantees from 59 states and jurisdictions. The funds seek to provide:
- Access to quality care, especially for people with low-incomes or limited availability of care.
- Assistance in the reduction of infant mortality.
- Access to comprehensive prenatal and postnatal care for women, especially low-income and at-risk pregnant women.
- An increase in health assessments and follow-up diagnostic and treatment services.
- Access to preventive and child care services as well as rehabilitative services for certain children.
- Family-centered, community-based systems of coordinated care for children with special healthcare needs.
- Toll-free hotlines and assistance in applying for services to pregnant women with infants and children who are eligible for Title XIX (Medicaid).
Please read the Title V Block Grant Application 2017 & Annual Report 2015 for more information.
Family health Bureau Programs are funded, in part, by Title V: Children’s Medical Services, Maternal Health Program, Child Health Program, and Maternal Child Health Epidemiology.
Please take a moment to visit the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Program website for more information about the Title V grant program.
Title X Family Planning
The Title X Family Planning Program is the Federally-funded family planning program enacted under Title X of the Public Health Service Act. The program is administered by the Office of Population Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services. For more than 40 years, Title X family planning clinics have played a critical role in ensuring access to a broad range of family planning and related preventive health services for millions of low-income or uninsured individuals and others. Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services.
Please visit the Title X Family Planning page for more information.
Women, Infants & Children
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is for low-income pregnant and post-partum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. WIC provides nutritious foods to supplement their diets, provides healthy eating information, health counseling, breastfeeding support, cooking classes, and referrals to health care providers and social services.
Please visit the Women, Infants and Children section of our website for more information.
- A Challenge for Many Families (January 27, 2016)
- Videos Focusing on the Toddler Years (January 13, 2014)
- New WIC Satellite Office Opened in Santa Fe (March 15, 2017)
- WIC Program Recognized for Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers (August 23, 2016)
- Hobbs WIC Program Celebrates National Breastfeeding Month (August 12, 2016)
- Las Cruces WIC Program Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week (August 1, 2016)
- Española WIC Program Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week (July 22, 2016)
- Women, Infants, & Children Reaches Out to New Mexico Mothers (March 20, 2015)
- PRAMS Surveillance Report for Birth Years 2009-2010 (Maternal Child Health)
- Infant Mortality in New Mexico 2009-2014 (Epidemiology Report)
- PRAMS Newsletter 2016/02 (Newsletter)
- Concentrated Disadvantage, Stress and Their Effects on Pregnancy (Maternal Child Health)
- PRAMS Surveillance Report for Birth Years 2008 (Maternal Child Health)
- Increase in the Infant Mortality Rate in New Mexico, 2012 (Epidemiology Report)
- PRAMS Surveillance Report for Birth Years 1999 (Maternal Child Health)
- Family Planning Sterilization Provider Evaluation Form (Form)
- Family Planning Sliding Fee Scale Reference (General)
- Certified Nurse-Midwives Roster (General)
- Licensed Midwife Practice Guidelines (Guide)
- Licensed Midwives Roster (General)
- Newborn Screening Test Information (Help)
- New and Noteworthy Resources from Child Trends
- Teen Pregnancy Polling Data 2015
- Why Teen Pregnancy Matters