State & Regional Activities


The following is a summary of state and regional activities in preparation for the 75th Anniversary of Title V celebration.  


Town Hall Meeting in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of Title V of the Social Security Act Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. Sponsored by the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, and the Maternal and Child Health Program, Division of Community Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health. 
Infant Mortality and Racism: What is Holding Us Back and How Do We Move Forward?
Friday, October 29, 2010
UIC School of Public Health
1603 W Taylor Street (1st Floor Auditorium)
8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate 75 years of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programming (Title V of the Social Security Act) and as we move into the future of MCH by placing increased attention on infant mortality and racism. The agenda includes a keynote address by Richard David, MD, Neonatologist at John H. Stroger Hospital in Chicago. Dr. David is featured in the documentary Unnatural Causes: Is Racism Making Us Sick? Dr. David’s talk will be followed by a family panel discussion and a working lunch to identify action steps to move us forward together to address issues surrounding racism and infant mortality in Illinois. We will also engage in a cultural sensitivity exercise to explore issues around racism in our society.

Lunch Provided. RSVP Required by October 15. Registration limited to 100 participants. Please contact Cynthia Jakkarigari at (312) 814-4727.



Join Us for on Site Visits to Morgan State University, School of Community Health and Policy, Urban Family Health Seminar - Partner Organizations! 

Dr. Yvonne Bronner and the students of the Urban Family Health Seminar invite you to join them on site visits to local organizations that are stakeholders in urban family health in Baltimore. These visits will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the status of and programs related to the health of Baltimore’s families – women, men, infants, children and adolescents. These visits also are an opportunity to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Title V of the Social Security Act, the Title under which the activities of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) are funded, especially the maternal and child health programs in state health departments.  

You are invited to participate as your schedule permits (and as arranged with Dr. Bronner). Number of attendees may be limited on a first-come first-served basis, as appropriate to the particular site. Please RSVP at least 1 day in advance to Dr. Bronner at 


Date                 Site and the Visit’s Activity and/or Issue Area Focus 

10/28/10            Baltimore Healthy Start, Inc.

2521 Charles Street

Orientation to the Healthy Start Perinatal Intervention model and accompanying Community Health Workers on home visits.


11/11/10            Baltimore City Health Department

Visit 3 zones specifically targeted for efforts to reduce the levels of infant mortality. MSU faculty and students will go to the Baltimore City Health Department to learn about the Maternal and Child Health Division in the Health Department and listen to an overview of the B’more for Healthy Babies initiative from the Family League and the Health Department. Later that day the MSU faculty and students will go to Family League Baltimore City to learn about the Recovery program. 


11/18/10            The Family League of Baltimore City

235 N Gay Street 21218

Eleven community site visits will take place: Greenmount East, Upton, Druid Heights, and Patterson Park North and East. 


New Jersey

A ceremony is being planned for the Governor to sign a State Proclamation recognizing the contributions of Title V programs. Three events will take place across the state to highlight Title V programs, including a recognition reception for MCH partners and the HHS Region II Regional Director, Dr. Torres and regional HRSA MCHB staff.  


New York

A State Proclamation is planned, authorized by the Governor.  



Proclamation from the Governor of Tennessee urging our citizens, agencies, and organizations to recognize the role of maternal and child health services in promoting the health of our children, parents, families and communities, and to celebrate the accomplishments of the Title V program. A signing ceremony is in the process of being scheduled. 



Region II – New York, NY

75th Celebration for HHS Department and Operating Divisions is planned in late October/early November at the Jacob Javits Federal Conference Center, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY. A Regional Planning Committee will be developed with input from the Regional Director, Regional Health Administrator, Office of Minority Health, Office of Women's Health, Office of Family Planning, HRSA /MCHB staff and Region II Interagency Council members including CMS, ACF, SSA, FDA, and the USDA. Local MCHB grantees will be invited to participate in this one day meeting representing State MCH/CSHN programs, Healthy Start programs, training programs and other relevant partners. 

Region IV – Atlanta, GA

MCHB staff will lead an Office of Regional Operations in-service in October with a focus on both Title V programs and infant mortality statistics and concerns within the region with a celebration for 75 years of Title V programs following the meeting. 

Region VI – Dallas, TX

Region VI took part in a building-wide food drive on behalf of Title V, with food donated to the local food bank. They will also be holding a coat drive in honor of Title V, with coats being donated to a homeless shelter.  

Region VII – Kansas City, KS

HRSA MCHB staff will lead an Office of Regional Operations in-service in celebration 75 years of Title V programs on October 6 and will also use the meeting as a kickoff for a donation drive with the Kansas City Healthy Start program, with a goal of giving 75 items to a local Title V program.  

Region VIII – Denver, CO

The Interagency Women’s Health Task Force invites the DHHS Region VIII and Federal partners to join in celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Title V of the Social Security Act by helping families in need in the area by donating time, supplies or service. Suggested programs to help that are either funded directly by Title V, or with whom Title V funded programs collaborate include Family Voices, Head Start and Early Start, and federally qualified health centers. 

Note: This is by no means a complete list of celebratory events occurring in the United States. Other regions are beginning the planning of activities, and many state partners plan to host activities later in the year. Information was compiled by Suzanna Richards-Eckart and Cherri Pruitt of the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.  

To submit a description of your own Title V event, or if you have questions, please contact Suzanna Richards-Eckhart or Cherri Pruitt.


AMCHP would like to thank the following MCHB staff who contributed to this summary: 

Cherri Jacobs Pruitt
Region VIII Public Health Analyst
HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Division of State and Community Health 

Suzanne Richards-Eckart, LMSW
Region VII Public Health Analyst
HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Division of State and Community Health 

LCDR Keisher Highsmith, DrPH
Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Public Health Service
Senior Public Health Analyst
Division of State and Community Health
Maternal and Child Health Bureau