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Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant to the states is the creation of Federal-State partnerships to develop service systems in communities that can meet the critical challenges facing maternal and child health. For every $4 of Federal funds, at least $3 must be matched by State and local funds. This Block Grant was enacted as part of the Social Security Act of 1935.

What does the program do?

Specifically, the Title V Maternal and Child Health program seeks to:
  • Assure access to quality care, especially for those with low-incomes or limited availability of care;
  • Reduce infant mortality;
  • Provide and ensure access to comprehensive prenatal and postnatal care to women (especially low-income and at risk pregnant women);
  • Increase the number of children receiving health assessments and follow-up diagnostic and treatment services;
  • Provide and ensure access to preventive and child care services as well as rehabilitative services for certain children;
  • Implement family-centered, community-based, systems of coordinated care for children with special healthcare needs; and
  • Provide toll-free hotlines and assistance in applying for services to pregnant women with infants and children who are eligible for Title XIX (Medicaid).

How many people are helped by the program?

All births in Georgia are served through our Title V program, through receipt of newborn screening services. We also serve pregnant women, infants and children, and children with special health care needs.

Contact Information

MCH Epidemiology
2 Peachtree Street, NW
11th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303