Maternal Child Health Block Grant

Missouri receives funding from the MCH Bureau of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration for improving the health of women (particularly mothers) and children. This funding is known as the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant, and provides funding for both state- and local-level MCH work.  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Community and Public Health is responsible for administering the MCH Block Grant for the State of Missouri. 

The Title V MCH Block Grant plays a key role in the provision of maternal and child health services in Missouri. Funds from this grant are distributed among a number of programs which target the improvement of the health of women and infants, children and adolescents, and children with special health care needs.

Every five years, a statewide needs assessment is conducted to identify state maternal and child health priority needs and direct Title V resources to meet these MCH challenges/needs through state/local partnerships and collaboration.  The five year needs assessment process in Missouri led to the identification of eight national and five state priority areas.

National Priority Areas

  1. Ensure adequate health insurance coverage and improve health care access for the MCH population.
  2. Improve pre-conception, prenatal and postpartum health care services for women of child bearing age.
  3. Prevent and reduce smoking among women of childbearing age and pregnant women and reduce childhood exposure to second hand smoke.
  4. Ensure coordinated, comprehensive and ongoing health care services for children with and without special health care needs.
  5. Ensure risk appropriate care for high risk infants to reduce infant deaths.
  6. Reduce intentional and unintentional injuries among children, and adolescents.
  7. Support adequate early childhood development and education.
  8. Improve maternal/newborn health by reducing cesarean deliveries among low-riskfirst births.

State Priority Areas

  1. Enhance breastfeeding initiation and duration rates among Missouri mothers.
  2. Promote safe sleep practices among newborns to reduce sleep-related infant deaths.
  3. Enhance access to oral health care services for MCH populations.
  4. Reduce obesity among women of childbearing age, children and adolescents.
  5. Improve access to mental health care services for MCH populations.

Any questions regarding the Maternal Child Health Block Grant can be directed to MCH.MCH@health.mo.gov.

To view narrative reports and forms for Missouri and compare how Missouri is doing in relation to other states, visit the Title V Information System (TVIS) website.