Susan Buckley, RN, Director, Public Health
Ira Singh, MPH, Deputy Director
Donald I. Baird, MD, Health Officer
Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program
The Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program is a health promotion and disease prevention program serving infants, children and teens. We refer families to health care providers if they do not have established medical homes and to Medi-cal or Healthy Families if they do not have insurance. We work with health care providers to promote quality well child care and provide follow up of children diagnosed with problems during their CHDP exam. The exams are comprehensive providing a complete history and physical that can identify hearing, vision, physical, dental, developmental and mental health problems.
CHDP serves all children age 0 - 21 with Medi-Cal and 0 - 18 who are income eligible.
The program promotes health and wellness by:
- Referral to obtain appropriate health insurance
- Referral to Healthcare Providers
- Follow up of children with problems identified and assistance with obtaining care from other specialists or agencies
- Provide resources and quality assurance for CHDP Providers
- Provides follow up of children in foster care to ensure their health care needs are identified and treated
For information on CHDP, please call 707-445-6210.
Care Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC)
The Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC) is a public health
nursing program located in county child welfare service agencies and probation
departments to provide public health nurse (PHN) expertise in meeting the
medical, dental, mental and developmental needs of children and youth in foster
care. The local Child
Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program is administratively
responsible for the HCPCFC. This includes the management of the required
interdepartmental Memorandum of Understanding with the local child welfare
service agency, probation and health departments.
The goals and objectives of the HCPCFC are common to the health, welfare, and
probation departments and are implemented through close collaboration and
cooperation among this multi-disciplinary, interdepartmental team. The program
has established a process through which PHNs consult and collaborate with the
foster care team to promote access to comprehensive preventive health and
Through the HCPCFC, public health nurses under the supervision of a supervising
public health nurse (SPHN) provide the following services in consultation and
collaboration with social workers and probation officers.
- medical and health care case planning;
- help foster caregivers to obtain timely comprehensive health assessments and
- expedite referrals for medical, dental, mental health and developmental
- coordinate health services for children in out-of-county and out-of-state
- provide medical education through the interpretation of medical reports and
training for foster team members on the special health care needs of children
and youth in foster care; and they
- participate in the creation and updating of the Health and Education Passport
for every child as required by law.
The CHDP program, under the direction of the
Services Branch, works with community programs and agencies to identify the
major obstacles children in foster care face in gaining access to coordinated,