Maternal Child Health
Maternal Child Health Programs are designed to provide health, social and educational services for families residing in Ford and Iroquois counties. The programs assure easier access to medical services and provides continuity of care. Staff members assist clients in assessing needs, make appropriate referrals to services inside and outside of the agency, monitor progress in setting goals and visit clients in the home, as deemed necessary by the assessment process.
- pregnancy testing
- applications for the State Health Insurance
- developmental screenings
- loan of car seats when available and education on proper use of car seats
The Women, Infants and Children (W.I.C.) Program is a supplemental food program designed to insure that pregnant or nursing women, infants and children up to age five are supplied with food products and education which will contribute to a healthy and nutritional diet.
To qualify for W.I.C. a woman, infant or child must:
- live in Ford or Iroquois county
- meet the W.I.C. income guidelines
- have a nutritional/health need
FIPHD is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
It is very important to detect lead poisoning early in children to prevent conditions such as brain damage, mental retardation, blindness, muscle weakness or even death. The only sure way to detect lead poisoning it to have your child tested. Call the health department office to schedule an appointment.
Childhood immunizations are needed to protrect children from diseases that might otherwise be deadly. Immunizations work best when given at the recommended ages and at recommended times. Parents should call the health department to schedule an appointment for their child to receive their immunizations.
The Healthy Families Illinois (HFI) Program assesses a family's strengths and provides support toward the enhancement of positive parent/child interaction and development. To qualify for HFI a family must:
- live in Ford or Iroquois county
- be pregnant or have an infant that is in the first two weeks of life
The goal of the Tobacco Initiative Program is to assure the public has the opportunity to live and work in a smoke-free environment through eforcement of the Illinois Smoke-free Act. The program supports effective K-12 school based programs for tobacco prevention to reduce initiation and encourage cessation of tobacco use among young people. The department also offers free nicotine replacement therapies to those wishing to quit smoking.
The Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) provides free breast screenings to eligible women 40 through 64 years of age and cervical cancer screenings to eligible women ages 35 through 64. The breast screening service includes a clinical office visit, breast exam, instruction on self-breast exam, and a screening mammogram. Other services such as diagnositc mammogram, ultrasound, breast biopsy and surgical consult are also provided free through the program if needed. The screening for cervical cancer includes a clinical office visit, pelvic exam, and pap smear. Other services such as colposcopy, surgical consult and endocervical curettage are also provided at no charge to the patient if deemed necessary.
To be eligible for the program:
- the woman must be without medical insurance or under-insured and can not be on Medicare Part B or Medicaid.
- the woman must reside in Ford or Iroquois county
In the event of sudden and unexpected infant deaths, staff will respond to the family to offer support, referrals for services and professional counseling.
A comprehensive case management program monitors the health status of pregnant mothers and children. Clients enrolled in the program are assisted in receiving services necessary to insure a healthy start for their children.
Qualifications for the Family Case Management program are:
- must live in Ford or Iroquois county;
- must meet federal income guidelines.