Child Health Services
Born Learning/Success by 6
The Health Department is
partnering with the United
Way of Greater Cincinnati, United Way Success By 6®,
Vision 2015, Citi and numerous additional community partners to bring the
bornlearning™ public engagement campaign to
Northern Kentucky to help parents, caregivers and the entire community create
quality early learning opportunities for young children. To learn more about the
campaign, visit the national
bornlearning campaign Web site, or the United Way of Greater Cincinnati's
Success by 6 Web site.
Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program
A breastfeeding peer counseling program in Northern
Kentucky is designed to encourage breastfeeding and assist mothers needing
advice and guidance. It is provided by the Health Department and is open to any
mother enrolled in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) nutrition supplement
program and who plans to breastfeed her child. For more information on the peer
counseling program, please contact Nancy Merk at 859.363.2113.
Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding.
Child Fatality Review Program
Each year approximately 800 children die in Kentucky. At least half of these deaths are preventable. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has established the Child Fatality Review Program to investigate child fatalities and use the information to prevent future deaths. In Northern Kentucky, a Child Fatality Review Teams have been established in Boone,
Campbell and Kenton counties. The review teams consist of members from various community organizations and service providers, and are organized and led by the Health Department. For more information call 859.341.4264,
Childhood Lead Poison Prevention
The Health Department encourages all children under the age of
6 to be screened for lead poisoning. Screenings can be done at all of our county health centers. Children should be tested at age 9-12 months and again at age 24 months. Children with a higher risk should be tested more frequently. The lead screening consists of a finger stick, and the results are available in a couple days.
Child Care Health Consultation
The Child Care Health
Consultation program, previously called Healthy Start in Child Care, is designed
to provide comprehensive consultation, guidance, and education to
family-centered and licensed day care operators. Specially trained childcare
consultants are available for consultation in the areas of injury prevention,
nutrition, issues of abuse and neglect, and communicable disease prevention. The
consultants are also available to answer questions regarding required childhood
immunizations. Learn more.
The Health Department visits pregnant and parenting young families sometime during their pregnancy. You will be contacted by a community health nurse to schedule a time that is good for you. This is an opportunity for you to have time with the nurse in the privacy of your home to ask questions about pregnancy, delivery, infant feeding and how to care for your newborn. For more information contact 859.363.2061.
Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS)
HANDS is a voluntary home visitation program designed to assist
new parents during their child's first years of life. HANDS is offered to women during their first pregnancy to assist with child development, parenting skills, health services and other needed resources. This program can be started
before the baby is born through 12 weeks after the birth and continue until the newborn reaches
3 1/2 years of age.
All families deserve a healthy pregnancy and their babies deserve a healthy, safe and happy childhood. For more information contact 859.824.5074.
Vaccines to prevent vaccine preventable diseases (diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, Hepatitis B, HiB)
are available. Call your local county
health center for an appointment.
To learn more about when your child should receive his/her immunizations, visit
childhood immunization guide (this document requires
Adobe Acrobat to load).
Medical Nutrition Counseling
Nutrition assessment, counseling and education are included as part of
many Health Department programs. Other patients presenting a physician's referral may receive special diet counseling by a dietitian. Educational programs on nutrition are available to schools and community groups. Group education: 859.341.4264. Individual
counseling is available at
the county health centers.
Parents who are not married and who did not have
the father's name listed on the birth certificate at the hospital may want
to legally establish paternity by completing a
paternity affidavit at the Health Department's
county health centers.
The process is free and can be done by appointment. Please call the
health center most
convenient to you and ask for the clerical coordinator. Please note: Both
parents must be at the appointment to complete the affidavit and must bring
proof of identity. Also note: the Health Department does NOT provide
paternity testing. For more information, please call
School Health Physicals
Physicals are available to school age children who meet income guidelines. Immunizations are updated. See locations page for phone numbers of county health centers.
Well Child Exams
Early childhood screenings help
children live longer, healthier lives. The Early and Periodic Screening
Diagnosis and Treatment program, or EPSDT, is designed to make sure that a child
is screened for a wide range of medical conditions. EPSDT
services provide a comprehensive look at the child including physical, mental
and social issues. The EPSDT program makes sure that all children receive the
treatment they need to improve/maintain their health. To learn more, contact a
county health center.
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Food Supplement Program
WIC is a federally funded supplemental food and nutrition program for low income, nutritionally at risk pregnant/post partum women, infants and children under 5 years of age. Certain foods can be purchased with computerized instruments issued to certified participants. In addition, participants receive nutrition education, counseling and appropriate screenings. See locations page for phone numbers of
county health centers.