As the only governmental program responsible for ensuring the health and well-being of the entire population of women, infants, and children, the Title V program plays a critical role in coordination, capacity building, and quality oversight at the community and state levels. By connecting people to services, programs to programs, and agencies to agencies, Title V programs maximize resources and increase quality and effectiveness.
The mission of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is to provide leadership, in partnership with key stakeholders, to improve the physical and mental health, safety and well-being of the maternal and child health (MCH) population which includes all of the nation’s women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families, Including fathers and children with special health care needs.
Numbers Reached and How we Reach Them: The Title V program touches the lives of every infant, child, and family in the United States in important ways. Every newborn is screened for heritable disorders before leaving the hospital. Infants and toddlers are vaccinated against preventable diseases. Mothers are assessed for postpartum depression and receive breastfeeding support.
*2,513,320 pregnant women were served by the MCH Block Grant and an additional 118,258 served, mostly through Healthy Start
*4,134,329 infants were screened through the Title V Block. Services were provided to an additional 62,125 infants through Healthy Start and early identification services through such programs as LEND
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