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

Perinatal Health Strategic PlanNorth 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

 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

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.

Funding Opportunities

RFA #A347:  Improving Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health

10/16/17: The North Carolina Division of Public Health, Women’s and Children’s Health Section has released Request for Application (RFA) #A347 - Improving Community Outcomes for Maternal and Child Health (ICO4MCH).


Local health departments and local health department districts are eligible to apply for funds under this Request for Applications. In addition, local health departments which are partnering together to form a regional collaboration are also eligible to apply.

All prospective applicants are required to participate in a Bidder’s Webinar on October 23, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Attendees can join the webinar as a “guest” starting at 9:15 am on October 23, 2017, by using this link:

The audio for this webinar will be through your computer. You will need speakers to participate. Be sure you have downloaded Adobe Connect in advance. For more information on using Adobe Connect, follow the links below.

Please refer to the Request for Application A347 document for more information on the Bidder’s Webinar and eligibility.

Request for Applications Schedule

  • 10/16/2017: Request for Applications released to eligible applicants.
  • 10/23/2017: Required Bidder’s Webinar
  • 10/30/2017: End of Q&A period. All questions due in writing by 5pm.
  • 11/06/2017: Answers to questions released to all applicants, as an addendum to this RFA, a summary of all questions and answers will be posted on this web page.
  • 11/21/2017: Applications (PDF, 594 KB) due by 5pm.
  • 01/05/2018: Successful applicants will be notified.
  • 06/01/2018: Proposed Agreement Addendum begins.

RFA #A347 Questions?

Leslie deRosset, (919) 707-5690; Email

RFA #A345: Perinatal/Neonatal Outreach Coordinator

08/16/17: The North Carolina Division of Public Health, Women’s Health Branch has released a Request for Application (RFA) #A345 - Perinatal/Neonatal Outreach Coordinator.


Public or private nonprofit institutions that are physically located within the perinatal region it proposes to serve, and have the capacity to serve the entire perinatal region. Please refer to the RFA for additional eligibility requirements. For-profit agencies need not apply.

All prospective applicants are required to participate in a Bidder’s Webinar on Monday, August 28, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. On August 28, 2017, beginning at 10:45 a.m., attendees can join the webinar as a “guest” by using this link

Request for Application Schedule

  • 08/16/17: Request for Applications released to eligible applicants
  • 08/28/17: Required Bidder’s Webinar 11:00 am - 12:00 pm; Webinar link 
  • 09/01/17: Questions due in writing by 5:00 pm
  • 09/08/17: Q&A addendum posted on this web page
  • 09/29/17: Applications due to the Women’s Health Branch by 5:00 pm
  • 10/20/17: Successful applicants will be notified
  • 02/01/18: Proposed contract start date

RFA #A345 Questions?

Tara Owens Shuler, (919) 707-5708; Email

Teen Pregnancy Prevention RFAs: #A338 (APP), #A339 (APPP)

08/10/17: Funding for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative’s Adolescent Parenting Program (APP) and Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (APPP) is currently available. Please see the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Funding Opportunities page for more details.