Maternal and child health

Maternal and child health aims to improve the global state of health of women and men looking to have a child.  

This field of intervention covers all of the issues related to health and psychosocial behaviours among pregnant women, fathers, children and families, starting from pregnancy and over the course of the child’s first years of life (0 to 6 years). 

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program has the objective of offering resources that are able to support young First Nations families living in communities.  

The MCH Program possesses 5 interconnected components in order to ensure optimal effectiveness:

  • Home visits;
  • The integration of the cultural dimension into the care provided;
  • Screening and evaluation;
  • Case management;
  • Health promotion.

Home visits

Carried out by community health nurses and family visitors, the home visits ensure genuine follow-up among families. These visits can have a significant impact on the health of the children and parents, from both a physical and mental perspective. The visits also allow for providing information on the services offered to the families.

Integration of the cultural dimension into the care provided

The MCH Program goes beyond the usual scope of the medical services in order to integrate the cultural values, customs and beliefs of the First Nations populations.

This human approach allows for improving the effectiveness of all of the resources provided.

Screening and evaluation

The screening and evaluation, performed by the visiting nurses, allows the nurses to identify the concrete needs of each family and determine the most appropriate types of services.

Case management

Case management enables families to obtain the services and support they genuinely need thanks to a personalised analysis. This intervention takes place in partnership with the family, the family visitor, the community and the various service providers.

Health promotion

The MCH Program ensures linkages with the various health promotion strategies in order to foster the sustainable adoption of healthy lifestyles among the families.

Virtual community of practice in maternal and child health

Created by the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC), this virtual community of practice allows for bringing together the various interveners who are spread out over the entire territory without requiring any travelling.   

The community is a place of free exchange allowing to facilitate activities fostering the transferring of knowledge between members.  

Parent/child activity calendars

The FNQLHSSC, jointly with the Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre, designs a series of calendars presenting the activities that are specifically intended for the young children in the First Nations communities.   

The calendars are divided by age group, thereby enabling the parents to easily find the activities that may foster their child’s development.   

Directory of the Childhood-Youth-Family tools

Offered by the FNQLHSSC, this directory of tools is designed to support the various interveners working among the clientele ages 0 to 18 years and their families. It includes a wide range of tools, materials and resources that can assist them in their various activities. 

Publications and information

The interveners working in the area of maternal and child health are encouraged to consult the various publications available to them on our website. 

To obtain more information on the MCH Program or other initiatives in the maternal and child health field of intervention, you can contact Ms. Julie Bernier:  

  • Either by telephone at (418) 842-1540, ext. 2604,
  • Or by email at the following address: jbernier@cssspnql.com