Maternal, Child & Family Health

NOTE: The Maternal and Child Health Services Title V 2015 Needs Assessment/2014 Annual Application/2016 Application is now available under FORMS in the right-hand column.  Please forward comments and suggestions to DPH.MCH@Illinois.Gov  by July 10, 2015.

The Office of Women’s Health and Family Services Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health Services implements the Maternal, Child Health Services, Title V Block Grant, which is responsible for the health and well-being of all of Illinois’ mothers, infants, children (including those with special healthcare needs) and their families. 

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Title V Block Grant, part of the Social Security Act of 1935, is the oldest Federal/State partnership to improve the health and well-being of all mothers, infants and children, particularly children with special healthcare needs. Every year states are required to complete an application for future funding and an annual report of the MCH activities from the previous federal fiscal year. Attached are draft versions of Illinois’ Maternal and Child Health Services Title V 2017 Application/2015 Annual Report and MCH Action Plan, which includes the State Priorities and National Performance Measures. Please review these documents and provide any comments or recommendations to Andrea Palmer at DPH.MCH@illinois.gov by Friday July 1, 2016.

Maternal Child Health Priorities 

The following priorities, which were developed as a result of the Title V Needs Assessment, conducted in 2010 by the Illinois Department of Human Services, set the framework for the State’s Maternal and Child Health services.

  1. Improve Title V’s Capacity to collect, acquire, integrate/link, analyze and utilize administrative, programmatic and surveillance data.
  2. Integrate medical and community-based services for MCH populations and improve linkage of clients to these services, particularly children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN).
  3. Promote, build and sustain healthy families an communities
  4. Expand availability, access to, quality and utilization of medical homes for all children and adolescents, including CSHCN.
  5. Expand availability, access to, quality and utilization of medical homes for all women.
  6. Promote Healthy Pregnancies and reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes for mothers and infants.
  7. Address the oral health needs of the MCH population through prevention, screening, referral and appropriate treatment
  8.  Address the mental health needs of the MCH population through prevention, screening, referral and appropriate treatment. 
  9. Promote healthy weight, physical activity and optimal nutrition for women and children.
  10. Promote successful transition of youth with special healthcare needs to adult life.

The IDPH Office of Women’s Health and Family Services is currently working on the 2015 Title V Needs Assessment.  The priorities for the next cycle of the MCH Block Grant will set the framework for the State’s programs and strategies.