The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant is a key source of support for promoting and improving women and maternal health, perinatal and infant health, child health, children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), and adolescent health.
In 2017, the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant funded 59 states and jurisdictions to provide health care and public health services for an estimated 56 million people, including pregnant women, infants, children, including CYSHCN, and their families in the United States: 86% of all pregnant women, 99% of infants, and 55% of children nationwide benefitted from a Title V-supported service. Included in the over 48 million children served, Title V supported direct and/or enabling services for almost 2 million CYSHCN.
Title V funds seek to create federal and state partnerships which support:
· Access to quality health care for mothers and children, especially for people with low incomes and/or limited availability of care.
· Health promotion efforts which seek to reduce infant mortality and the incidence of preventable diseases, and to increase the number of children appropriately immunized against disease.
· Access to comprehensive prenatal and postnatal care for women, especially low-income and/or at-risk pregnant women.
· An increase in health assessments and follow-up diagnostic and treatment services, especially for low-income children.
· Access to preventive and child care services as well as rehabilitative services for CYSHCN
· Family-centered, community-based systems of coordinated care for CYSHCN.
· Toll-free hotlines and assistance in applying for services to pregnant women with infants and children who are eligible for Medicaid.
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP): http://www.amchp.org
HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB): http://mchb.hrsa.gov/