Newborn Screening and Follow up Program
Other commonwealth services for parents
Birth Records
An applicant must be eighteen (18) years of age or older to apply for a certified copy of his/her birth record or the record of an immediate family member. The Division of Vital Records issues only certified copies of birth records with the raised seal that are acceptable for numerous uses, i.e. passport, Social Security, employment, and personal identification. Records are available for births from 1906 to the present. Find Out More!

Breastfeeding Awareness and Support

The Pennsylvania Department of Health recognizes breastfeeding as the ideal nutrition for infants.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, continued breastfeeding for the first year and then for as long as mutually desired by mother and child.  Mother's milk is best for both babies and mothers. This website will give you the resources and tools you need to promote and support breastfeeding in your community. Check It Out!


CHIP (Pennsylvania ’s Children’s Health Insurance Program)

CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program - Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to all uninsured children and teens. There are a lot of reasons kids might not have health insurance - maybe their parents lost a job, don't have health insurance at work or maybe it just costs too much. Follow This Link for More Information!


Genetic Services Program

The Genetic Services program provides services to low-income individuals and families seeking information about the occurrence, or risk of recurrence, of a genetic condition or birth defect. The program enables these individuals to make informed health decisions and ensures that they are provided access to comprehensive genetic services. Find Out More!


Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention Program

The Pennsylvania Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention program seeks to assure that all newborns are screened for hearing loss within the first 30 days, diagnosed within three months and receive prescribed treatment or intervention services within six months of birth.  Learn More!


Pennsylvania Lead Poisoning Prevention & Control Program 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention and Control Program accommodates three programs. The program is comprised of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP), Lead Hazard Control Program (LHCP), and the Lead Surveillance Program.  The Department of Health provides a toll-free Lead Information Line (1-800-440-LEAD) to respond to caller inquiries and provide written materials about childhood lead poisoning.  Check It Out!


Sickle Cell Disease Program

The Sickle Cell Disease Program provides access to comprehensive medical and psychosocial services to persons diagnosed with sickle cell disease. Learn More!


Women, Infants and Children (WIC) 

Since 1974, Pennsylvania WIC has proven effective in preventing and improving nutrition related health problems within the WIC population at over 340 locations in the state.  The Goal of the WIC Program is to decrease the risk of poor birth outcomes and to improve the health of the children during critical stages of growth and development.  WIC has played a critical role in building a better future for children in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Click Here!