Bureau of Family Health - Child & Adolescent Health

The Bureau of Family Health’s Child Health program promotes the health of Iowa’s children, youth, and adolescents by providing health care services through public and private collaborative efforts. The Bureau contracts with 22 local community-based agencies serving all of Iowa’s 99 counties. Child Health agencies are empowered to develop local health care systems to meet the health care needs of children from birth through age 21 years and their families. The Bureau of Family Health supports services that are family-centered, community-based, and culturally sensitive. The program receives funds from the federal Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program.

The Child Health program provides presumptive eligibility services for children who may appear to be eligible for Medicaid or hawk-i, and informing services for children who are newly Medicaid enrolled. They provide care coordination services to help families access regular health care check-ups for their children through medical and dental homes. They also link families to other community-based services based upon need. The Child Health program strives to assure that children receive periodic comprehensive health screening services that include the following:

  • health history
  • physical exam
  • vision and hearing screening
  • dental screening and education
  • immunizations
  • developmental/behavioral screening
  • nutrition assessment and education
  • laboratory tests including blood lead testing
  • anticipatory guidance


Location of Child and Adolescent Health Services

Iowa's Title V Administrative Manual for Community-Based Programs

This manual has been developed as a guide and reference for the implementation of the Maternal and Child Health services contract with the Iowa Department of Public Health. However, the manual may be helpful to others interested in systems development or other maternal and child health activities.

Click here to view the manual (5th Edition) (PDF)

School Health Advisory Councils

A guide for developing school health advisory councils is tailored to the planning needs of school district staff charged with forming a Community-School Health Advisory Council. The guide is also useful for school staff who work with other health-related school committees, as well as parents and other community partners interested in promoting coordinated school health.

For more information:

Analisa Pearson, Nurse Clinician
Lucas State Office Bldg.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Voice: (515) 418-8122
Fax: (515) 725-1760

You may "Contact Us" to submit questions online.

Healthy Families Line - 1-800-369-2229 (provides information on maternal, child and family planning services)

TEEN Line - 1-800-443-8336 (provides health information and referral to local resources for adolescents)