Celebrating 75 Years of Title V
By Phyllis J. Sloyer, RN, PhD, FAHM, FAAP
I believe that our former leaders were quite astute in developing a law that doesn’t need reauthorization. Title V has weathered significant economic and policy changes over time and has managed to adapt to current and future trends. We have moved from treating individuals with polio to a focus on improving the health of children and families. We were at a crossroads when the Title V MCH Services Block Grant was formed and are at another crossroads with health reform. While there is a great deal of uncertainty with respect to how reform will be implemented across this nation, I think that our Title V leaders have been astute at embracing the possibilities ahead of us. When you market a program, it is a real asset to be able to say that we have a 75 year history of success in serving mothers and children, including children and youth with special health care needs. In our current world of mergers and acquisitions, it is a very rare event to be known as a tried and true successful model. So we celebrate our 75 year history; we act with evidence and confidence; we remember who we support – our children and families.