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Women's, Children's and Family Health

The Mission of Women’s, Children’s and Family Health is to promote optimum health outcomes for all Alaskan women, children, teens and their families:

  • Through leadership;

  • Coordination with the primary and public entities within the health care system to improve access to and organization of services in support of families;

  • Deliver preventive, rehabilitative and educational services that are family-centered and culturally appropriate targeting women, all children and teens, and their families.
  • Through the provision of reliable data on maternal and child health issues for use in planning and evaluating programs, preventing poor health outcomes, and guiding public health policy.

The programs in this section stress improving the health status of and assuring health service access for present and future generations of Alaskan women of all ages and their families, pregnant women and their infants and, children and adolescents, with a particular focus on children with special health conditions, those with low income status and those with limited access to health services.

One of our section goals is to work with other health care and community support services to assure they are organized in ways that allow for flexibility to address the changing and varied needs of families and support time in their natural care-giving roles.

The mission reflects the overall intent of Title V MCH Block Grant under Title V of the Social Security Act of 1935 as outlined by the Human Resource Service Administration. This act outlines the goals which include providing and assuring mothers and children have access to quality maternal and child health services; reducing infant mortality; reducing the incidence of preventable diseases; and reducing disabling conditions among children.

Stephanie Birch RNC, MPH, MS, FNP
Section Chief
Women's Children's and Family Health
MCH Title V and CSHCN Director
Division of Public Health
Department of Health and Social Services
3601 C Street, Suite 322,
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 334-2424