1. The commissioner shall act in an advisory and supervisory capacity, in matters
pertaining to the safeguarding of motherhood, the prevention of maternal, perinatal,
infant and child mortality, the prevention of diseases, low birth weight, childhood
obesity, and defects of childhood and the promotion of maternal, prenatal and child
health, including care in hospitals, and shall administer such services bearing on
the health of mothers and children for which funds are or shall hereafter be made
2. The commissioner shall establish minimum standards in accordance with established
and accepted medical principles for local maternal and child health services administered
by or under the general supervision of the commissioner.
3. In conjunction with the state department having general supervision, the commissioner
may make or may cause to be made investigation of the conditions affecting the health
of children in institutions for day care or domiciliary care. If he shall find any conditions detrimental to health in such institutions, he shall
make and report recommendations thereon to the appropriate state department.
4. The commissioner shall cooperate with other state departments having jurisdiction
over matters affecting the health of mothers and children, to the end that existing
activities may be coordinated and duplication of effort avoided. He shall cooperate with and stimulate local agencies, public and private, in promoting
such measures and undertakings as may be designed to accomplish the purposes of this
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