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Family/Child Health

The following is information about Department programs and some of the public health issues the Department is presently addressing. It has been posted to help the public better understand Department activities and health issues in Hawaii.

Children with Special Health Needs

Children with Special Health Care Needs are children who have or are at risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and require health and related services beyond that required by children generally.

Early Intervention Section (0-3)

The Department of Health’s Early Intervention Section provides services to infants and toddlers from birth to 3 years of age with developmental delays or are at-risk for delays. Information and support are also provided to families.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the umbrella term used to describe a range of disorders caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. For information on FASD contact the program office at 808-733-9018.


The Genetics Program consists of several programs under the supervision of the Children with Special Health Needs Branch. The Genetics Coordinator administers grants, coordinates educational activities, develops legislation, and provides coordination and oversight for genetics activities. The Newborn Metabolic Screening Program administers the state newborn metabolic screening activities. The Birth Defects Program collects and analyzes data related to birth defects in infants up to one year of age.

Maternal and Child Health

The Maternal and Child Health Branch provides leadership to assure healthy outcomes for the women, children and families of Hawaii. The services include: Child Wellness, Adolescent Wellness, Violence Prevention, Sexual Assault Prevention, Child Death Review, Federal Title X Family Planning, Perinatal Support, Enhanced Perinatal Care, Pregnancy and Risk Assessment Management, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Planning, Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Baby S.A.F.E., Family Strengthening and Support, and Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund.

Office of Primary Care and Rural Health

Hawaii’s State Office of Primary Care and Rural Health is working to improve access to health services in rural communities.


WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants, and Children) is a federally funded program which provides Hawaii residents with nourishing supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and health and social service referrals. The participants of WIC are either pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women, and infants and children under age five who meet income guidelines and have a medical or nutritional risk.