By Millie Jones, MPH
As many of you know, the future of Title V, the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant is being discussed as part of the national agenda on health reform. For well over three quarters of a century, Title V has advocated and supported the health and well- being of mothers, children, youth, including those with special health care needs, and families. I propose that the future of Title V is strong and a critical part of our nation’s commitment to the public’s health and well-being.
In the words of a former AMCHP president, Dr. Maxine Hayes, MCH means Making Change Happen – and we have a successful track record of making positive changes in the lives of families in this nation. Last month I attended a W.K. Kellogg Foundation sponsored meeting to connect the dots with national and federal initiatives designed to improve birth outcomes. For several years, we have engaged in action learning collaboratives realted to birth outcomes.
Making Connections Happen, Making Collaboration Happen, Managing Change (as it) Happens are all examples of the work we are doing at the local, state and national levels as part of our commitment to ensure that families are healthy and functioning at their full capacity. Title V services are coordinated, community-based, and family centered. While those concepts might not mean a lot to some people, we do know that for families it can mean the difference between finding and utilizing services versus fragmented, inaccessible, or, in some cases, no services.
As we confront the future and move forward with health reform, MCH will continue to Make Community Happen and Maintain Community-Based Help. Families are counting on us to be there with them, for them, working on their behalf, across the life course, so that current and future generations are reflected in healthy children, healthy families and healthy communities.
Let’s make our future a Movement (for) Children’s Health!!!