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

The South Dakota Department of Health Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) asks for your help to gather information about the health and well-being needs of South Dakota families, women, children, and children with special health care needs. Please consider completing this short survey. For more information about this survey, click here.
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

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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