Public Health Department (PHD)





MCAH is a part of the Department of Health Services currently housed in the California Department of Public Health. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department administers MCAH Program for Santa Barbara County. The MCAH program has the following goals:  

  • All children will be born healthy to healthy mothers
  • No health status disparities among racial/ethnic, gender, economic and regional groups
  • A safe and healthy environment for women, children and their families
  • Equal access for all women, children and their families to appropriate and needed care within an integrated and seamless system.


The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, Community Health Division's, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Programs are staffed by: MCAH Director that also serves as the Program manager, a Perinatal Services Coordinator, Public Health Nurses (PHN), bilingual/bicultural Health Service Aides, Sr (HSA, Sr), and a Social Service Practioner. The MCAH program provides the following Services:


Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Strategic Planning
The MCAH program has the responsibility to plan and guide the Scope of Work of the local MCAH program.  A Community Health Assessment is completed every five years and includes a community health profile for pregnant and parenting women, infants, children and adolescents. There are twenty-seven key MCAH indicators that are used to determine service level, unmet needs, outcome evaluation and program capacity.  Collaborative Participation:  MCAH Director and staff participate in over twenty Santa Barbara collaboratives, such as the Oral Health Executive Team, Children's Health Initiative of SB, Kids Network, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Welcome Every Baby (WEB), Breastfeeding Coalition and THRIVE. Contact: (805) 681-5476


Public Health Field Nursing Home Visitation and Case Management:
Public Health Nurses (PHNs) and Health Service Aide Sr’s (H.S.A. Sr.) provide in-home assessment, education, linkage/referral and comprehensive case management for women, infants, children and adolescents at high risk for adverse prenatal outcomes, maltreatment of children, substance abuse, postpartum depression, medical fragility and childhood obesity.  All women, infants, children and teens are evaluated for needed access to health care. Women who have had prenatal services at the SB County Clinics will receive a CPSP (Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program) postpartum visit. Contact: (800) 288-8145


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Program
Public Health Nursing will conduct a home visit on any suspected SIDS death to assist in providing information and/or support for the parents, caregiver or family. Contact: (800) 288-8145


Child Death Review Team (CDRT): 
The CDRT is comprised of multidisciplinary team members from Santa Barbara County.  The purpose of the team is to conduct in-depth reviews of preventable child deaths, identify system gaps and develop preventive strategies.  There is an emphasis on abuse and neglect reviews. Contact: (805) 681-5476 


Maternal Child Adolescent Health - 345 Camino del Remedio, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: (805) 681-5368, Fax: (805) 681- 4915, Hotline and Referrals (800) 288-8145