Services for Children

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Children’s Hosspital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
5235 Butler Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15201

– Developmental screenings for children ages 0-6
– Home Visits available
– Health Education for pregnant women
– Nursing staff on site
– Field trips
– Family Fun Nights
– Adult Education sessions
– Ready Freddy
– Raising Readers

907 West Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
(412) 247-7950

The goal of the Maternal and Child Health Program is to maximize the quality of life and health of mothers, infants, children and their families in Allegheny County.

Alliance for Infants (Screening and Tracking):

In partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, the MCH Program provides the Public Health Nursing component for this program, which serves families with infants born weighing less than 3-1/2 lbs. and infants with other high-risk medical conditions.

Early Head Start–Family Foundations:

A Public Health Nurse addresses the health needs of families enrolled in this comprehensive family support project in the Hill District and Clairton.

Nurse-Family Partnership Program:

Nurses provide intensive home visits to first-time pregnant and postpartum women and their children up to two years of age.  The goal is to foster healthy pregnancies, improve the health and development of children and encourage self-sufficiency.  Women are enrolled early in pregnancy.  They must live in designated areas of Allegheny County and meet income guidelines.

Phenylketonuria (PKU) Program (Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh PKU Center and Pennsylvania Department of Health):

In cooperation with Children’s Hospital, nurses collect blood samples and provide education and counseling for families with infants and children born with this metabolic condition.

Resource Mothers Project:

This is a community-oriented partnership aimed at reducing infant mortality, low birth weight, and other risks facing young families.  The goal is to identify at-risk pregnant women who live in McKeesport, North Braddock, Munhall, Versailles, North Versailles and Homestead early in their pregnancies to provide practical assistance and support until the baby is two years of age.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Program (SIDS Alliance):

Home visits are made as often as needed to offer grief counseling to family members and to encourage participation in the SIDS parent support groups.

Children with Special Needs Care Coordination Program:

Public health nurses provide care coordination, home visits and case management to special needs children, age birth-22 years and their families to assess and arrange needed services and to establish a medical home for their children.

Liaison Nursing Services:

Hospital-based public health nurses link prenatal and post-partum women and infants receiving hospital services to Department services and available community resources in their communities.  Liaison nurse services are provided at Magee-Women’s, Mercy, West Penn, and Allegheny General.  Liaison nurses will assess the needs of post-partum women.

Project LAMB (Love and Mother your Baby):

This Project is designed to serve mothers who had little or no prenatal care.  Public Health Nurses make home visits to assure that mothers and infants receive postpartum and ongoing pediatric care.  Maternal and child health education and anticipatory guidance are offered on each home visit.

Breastfeeding Promotion Program:

The Breastfeeding Promotion Program is designed to help increase the proportion of mothers who breastfeed their infants.  The Breastfeeding Help Line, (412) 247-1000, provides counseling daily, including weekends and holidays, from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Lactation Consultants work with pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to educate them on the benefits of breastfeeding and help them establish and continue breastfeeding.  Electric breast pumps are loaned to WIC breastfeeding mothers who must be separated from their babies for part of the day.  The Allegheny County Breastfeeding Coalition works to establish breastfeeding as the preferred infant feeding method.

Child Death Review:

Representatives from several local hospitals, the Allegheny County Office of Behavioral Health, Pittsburgh Public Schools, police departments, the Medical Examiner’s and District Attorney’s offices, Juvenile Court, Children, Youth and Families, and traffic safety and injury prevention experts meet regularly to review confidentially the circumstances of each death of an Allegheny County child from birth to 20 years of age.  The Team works to determine if and how the death might have been prevented and then plans and implements preventive strategies.

Needs Assessment:

The health needs assessment of families with children in Allegheny County is ongoing.  Special initiatives focus on the needs of uninsured and underinsured children, access to care and other issues related to pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents.

MCH Home Visiting Program:

Public health nurses provide prenatal, post-partum and pediatric home visits to assess and assure families receive appropriate medical services and anticipatory guidance to improve their health.  Educational emphasis is placed on early regular prenatal and infant care, nutrition, smoking cessation, pre-term labor, safe sleeping, child development, immunizations, and child safety.



Please call 412/432-1620 to schedule an appointment at any of our clinics.

Central City:

Hill House Association
1835 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 392-4441

Mt. Oliver:

UPMC South Pittsburgh
1630 Arlington Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15210
Phone: (412) 432-1620


Wander Building
339 Fifth Avenue
McKeesport, PA 15132
Phone: (412) 664-8858

The Allegheny County Health Department’s Dental Program provides preventive and corrective treatment for children 1 – 20 years of age who cannot afford private care.  These services include:  examinations, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, fillings, extractions, and sealants.

Homeless Outreach Services:  Monthly examinations, prophylaxis, fluoride treatments, patient education and referrals are conducted at the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, the Salvation Army’s Family Crisis Center, Woman’s Space East, and WomansPlace.  In addition to seeing children at our shelter visits, we make every effort to examine the adults and provide a source of referral for treatment

 CHIP – Children’s Health Insurance Program – see Health Insurance Options section.


The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh, is a state-of-the-art pediatric primary care center on wheels.

Pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners and respiratory therapists from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and our Pediatric Environmental Medicine Center provide medical care to children and adolescents who are unable to visit a doctor regularly. The Care Mobile staff also can provide information about community-based health education classes in the community. They offer health education to teach parents, guardians and children about healthy lifestyles and safety.  The Care Mobile currently visits six sites each week, in communities such as Clairton and Duquesne and also attends health fairs and community events all over Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.

Services Offered

  • Well-child and infant care
  • Hearing and Vision Screenings
  • Immunizations
  • Routine Physical Exams
  • Referrals for Specialty Care

To support the healthy development of children, we provide health education in the following areas:

  • Asthma Education
  • Injury Prevention
  • Nutrition

For more information call:

Cheryl Krause
Care Mobile Manager

888-396-EYES (3937)

InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® – the AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, participating optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service.

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