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Women's Health Branch

N.C. Perinatal Health Strategic Plan: 2016 – 2020

North Carolina has been a leader in the maternal and child health (MCH) arena for decades. From the synergy of multiple efforts, the Women’s Health Branch, Division of Public Health, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) convened a group of partners to draft a statewide plan to include a focus on infant mortality, maternal health, maternal mortality, and the health status of women and men of childbearing age.

The Perinatal Health Strategic Plan (PDF, 703 KB) was released on March 24, 2016 by the DHHS Secretary and Deputy Secretary. This plan includes feedback from over 150 thought leaders throughout the state.

To get involved or to ask questions, send email requests to the Branch.

Zika Virus and Pregnant Women

  • Visit the N.C. Communicable Disease Branch Zika page for the most current information.
  • Fact Sheets and Posters - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bulk orders are not available at this time.

 Additional Highlights

Tobacco Publication

A Guide for Helping to Eliminate Tobacco Use and Exposure for Women (PDF, 2 MB)

Women’s Preventive Health Services Covered By The Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Preventive Health Services for Women


Order Forms - Updated 09/27/16

Strategic Plans

North Carolina PreconceptionHealth Strategic Plan Supplement 2014-2019

North Carolina Preconception Health Strategic Plan Supplement 2014 -2019 (PDF, 1.42 MB)

North Carolina Medical Center Resources

High-Risk Prenatal Care Resource List (PDF, 23 KB)

Branch Overview

The Women's Health Branch develops and promotes programs and services that protect the health and well-being of infants and of women during their child-bearing years. The goal is to improve the overall health of women, reduce infant sickness and death, and strengthen families and communities.

The Women's Health Branch also offers guidance, consultation and training for professionals who provide women's health services.

Local health departments and other community agencies serving each of the 100 counties in North Carolina provide a variety of these women’s health services, including family planning, prenatal care, flu shots and other women's immunizations, and pregnancy care management. For more information on the services near you, contact your local health department external link.

The Women's Health Branch is part of the Women’s and Children’s Health Section of the North Carolina Division of Public Health.

Request for Applications

11/30/16: The North Carolina Division of Public Health, Women’s Health Branch, Baby Love Plus program has released RFA #329R, Baby Love Plus Fatherhood Services - Guilford County.

RFA A329R - Baby Love Plus Fatherhood Services - Guilford County

RFA A329R Questions?

Lakeisha Johnson

  • Phone: (919) 707-5686
  • Email

11/16/16: The North Carolina Division of Public Health, Women’s Health Branch, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives program has released RFA #331R, PREPare for Success for Youth in Out‐of‐Home Care.