What is the Title V MCH Block Grant?
The Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant (Title V of the Social Security Act) is the only federal program devoted to improving the health of all women, children and families. Title V provides funding to state maternal and child health (MCH) programs, which serve 35 million women and children in the U.S.
Since 1935, federal funds have supported state activities that improve the health of pregnant women, children, adolescents, and children and youth with special health needs (commonly called the "MCH population"). These funds are used to address maternal and child health priorities including:
- Surveillance and data about the health status of Oregon’s MCH population;
- Assessment and monitoring of needs to assure health and wellness;
- State and local collaboration to assure access to preventive health services and information; and
- Linkages to health care and other maternal and child health services in the community.