"Any action we take today should be seen through the eyes of someone seven generations in the future" – recurring theme in many Native American cultures.
As we thoughtfully engage in Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Transformation 3.0, it occurs to me that we can adopt life course principles for our work specific to the Transformation 3.0 process. Life course incorporates the connection between an individual’s life and the historical and socioeconomic context in which that life unfolds. So it is with Title V and the Transformation 3.0 work we are doing.
For nearly 80 years, Title V has been a core public health program focused on the mothers, women, children and youth, including those with special needs, throughout this nation. MCH has always focused on a generational approach with the intent to make the health and well-being of each generation better than the last. Our mission has not changed.
Title V MCH Services Block Grants are a critical component for the work of our nation to do all we can to have healthy individuals now and into the future. As we set our trajectory for measuring performance, defining what difference we are making and moving the needle on improving health outcomes let us all be committed to define our work and the legacy of Title V MCH for generations to come. We can’t rest on our laurels. We owe it to our children’s children’s children to do all we can as a nation to seek continuous improvement for our families and our communities.