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Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Program

As one of the largest federal block grant programs, Title V is a key source of support for families and to improve the health and well-being of the nation’s mothers, children, including children with special needs, and their families.

Who do we serve?

The Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program funds about 59 states and jurisdictions to provide health care and public health services for an estimated 56 million people, including pregnant women, infants, children, including children with special health care needs, and their families:

86% of all pregnant women,

99% of infants, and

55% of children in the United States. 

Included in the over 48 million children served, Title V supported direct and/or enabling services for almost 2 million children with special health care needs.

In FY 2017, the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program served nearly 99% of all infants in the United States.


Goals and Purpose

Title V funds are distributed to grantees from 59 states and jurisdictions. The funds seek to create federal and state partnerships that support:

  • Access to quality health care for mothers and children, especially for people with low incomes and/or limited availability of care

  • Health promotion efforts that seek to reduce infant mortality and the incidence of preventable diseases, and to increase the number of children appropriately immunized against disease

  • Access to comprehensive prenatal and postnatal care for women, especially low-income and/or at-risk pregnant women

  • An increase in health assessments and follow-up diagnostic and treatment services, especially for low-income children

  • Access to preventive and child care services as well as rehabilitative services for children in need of specialized medical services

  • Family-centered, community-based systems of coordinated care for children with special healthcare needs

  • Toll-free hotlines and assistance in applying for services to pregnant women with infants and children who are eligible for Title XIX (Medicaid)

HRSA works across diverse programs — serving everyone from infants to the elderly — to assure that people in the U.S. have access to a broad range of essential personal and public health services.

With more than 3,000 grantees, we support hands-on health care, clinician training, research and more.


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