Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health
South Dakota Department of Health

Child & Family Services

Goals & Objectives: South Dakota Maternal & Child Health Program | Bright Start Home Visiting Program

South Dakota Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant

The Office of Child and Family Services coordinates:

Nurses and nutritionists deliver the following public health services at county offices.


Infants & Young Children

  • Immunizations
  • WIC (supplemental nutritious foods, education, and referrals for women, infants and children)
  • Growth and development screening and guidance
  • Well-child check-ups and screenings

Children & Adolescents

  • Immunizations
  • Well-child check-ups and screenings
  • Education and training on child growth and development, dietary needs, physical activity, injury prevention and other health topics
  • School health screenings and teaching

Pregnant & Postpartum Women

  • WIC
  • Education for pregnant women
  • Postpartum services
  • Baby Care (risk assessment, case management, genetic counseling, perinatal education, prenatal and postpartum home visits)
  • Bright Start Home Visiting (Services available at sites in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Pine Ridge, Kyle, Huron, Lawrence/Butte counties, Roberts/Day/Marshall counties and Lyman/Stanley/Hughes counties)


General Public Health Services

  • Links to local resources and health services
  • Support for community networks, systems of care and services to the public
  • Guidance on nutrition and dietary needs
  • In-office screening for glucose, blood pressure, vision, hearing and hemoglobin
  • Education and screening to improve health and wellness of individuals, families and communities
  • Health promotion and disease prevention activities to reduce chronic disease and the spread of communicable disease
  • Community resources and needs assessment
  • Employer-based screening and teaching
  • Local crisis planning and preparation assistance
  • Doctor-ordered office services
  • HOTT (Health Occupations for Today and Tomorrow curriculum)
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