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Maternal and Child Health Title V Block Grant
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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.

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Oregon’s Title V priorities for 2016-2020 are:

Priority Area

Measure

Maternal and Women’s Health

Well woman care

Percent of women with a past year preventive visit

Perinatal and Infant Health

Breastfeeding

A)  Percent of infants who are ever breastfed;

B)  Percent of infants breastfed exclusively through 6 months

Child Health

Physical Activity
for children

Percent of children ages 6 through 11 years who are physically active at least 60 minutes per day

Adolescent Health

Adolescent well-visit

Percent of adolescents with a preventive services visit in the last year

Children and Youth with Special Health Needs

Medical home

Percent of children with and without special health care needs having a medical home

Transition

Percent of children with and without special health care needs who received services necessary to make transitions to adult health care

Cross-cutting or Life course

Oral health

A)  Percent of women who had a dental visit during pregnancy

B)  Percent of children ages 1 to 6 years who had a preventive dental visit in the last year

Smoking

A)  Percent of women who smoke during pregnancy

B)  Percent of children who live in households where someone smokes

Toxic stress, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences

TBD

Nutrition and food insecurity

TBD

Culturally and linguistically responsive services

TBD

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Public comment on the priorities is welcome. Please send all comments to: mch.oregon@state.or.us​​​​​​​