When our children are healthy, they are more likely to succeed. Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs help promote our children’s success by identifying emerging and urgent health needs, while continuing to assure services like prenatal care, universal newborn screening, immunizations and health coverage. In fact, 80 percent of all American children access or connect with one or more maternal and child health program, making MCH a vital resource for families—especially those with special needs.
The Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant, Title V of the Social Security Act, is the only federal program devoted to improving the health of all women, children and families. Title V provides funding to state MCH programs, which serve 33 million women and children in the U.S.
Touching the Lives of Women and Children from Every Walk of Life
- MCH clients are as diverse as the country itself. MCH programs serve families in urban, suburban, rural, and frontier settings, providing services and guidance such as safe sleep for infants in American Indian cradleboards to hip-hop classes to fight obesity.
- Many MCH clients are “special populations,” those that face severe health problems and access issues. They include children with complex health care needs, the under and uninsured, American Indian and Alaska Natives, migrant and seasonal workers, immigrants, and racial and ethnic minorities.
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