Healthy Children

The Healthy Children goal is to promote the overall physical, social, emotional and intellectual health of young children. Knowing that children learn best when they are healthy, the Commission invests in early developmental screenings, dental health prevention and treatment, health access, specialty care programs, and recently vision screening. More than $16.7 million was allocated to health programs for young children and families in Fiscal Year 2017/18. An additional $4.7 million in catalytic expenditures were made in the Healthy Children goal area.


Healthy Children Programs:

  • 2-1-1 Orange County – health and human service resources and referrals
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 4 – Reach Out & Read/Developmental Screenings
  • Community Health Initiative
  • Serving Kids Hope
  • Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County
  • Pretend City Children’s Museum – Pretend City’s Good To Go From Head to Toe initiative educates families on the importance of purposeful play, as well as provides caregivers with access to FREE developmental screenings to assess their child’s healthy development
  • Help Me Grow Orange County – a local leader in connecting children and their families to developmental services to enhance the development, behavior and learning of young children
  • School Readiness Nursing Initiative – school readiness nurses at 25 school districts with a kindergarten enrollment throughout Orange County use a variety of strategies to support student learning—ranging from coordinating health service programs, to providing direct nursing care, to ensuring healthy and safe school environments and promoting community involvement in children’s health

Bridges Maternal Child Health Network

The Bridges Maternal Child Health Network is a multi-disciplinary system of providers that collaborate throughout Orange County to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women and young children. Bridges Network services provide a continuum of prenatal, infant, toddler and specialized public health nursing home visitation services to enhance maternal child health in Orange County. Programs in the Bridges Network include:

  • Early Outreach & Referral
    • Anaheim Regional Medical Center
    • Brea Olinda Coastal Communities Hospital
    • Fountain Valley Regional Hospital & Medical Center
    • Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center
    • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
    • Mission Hospital Memorial Medical Center
    • St. Joseph Hospital
    • St. Jude Medical Center
    • Western Medical Center – Anaheim
    • Western Medical Center – Santa Ana
  • Home Visitation
    • Children’s Bureau of Southern California
    • Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center
  • MOMS Orange County – Prenatal Health
  • Orange County Health Care Agency – Public Health Nursing

Pediatric Health Services Programs

The Pediatric Health Services Committee was formed by the Commission to ensure comprehensive pediatric health service planning, identify and respond to community needs, and provide fiscal oversight of the Commission’s investment in the pediatric health service programs. Programs, implemented in partnership with the two largest providers of pediatric health care in Orange County, the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) and the University of California, Irvine (UCI) College of Medicine and Medical Center, include: