Maternal and Child Health Title V Programs: How the Title V MCH Program Works Today

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Date Developed: 2011. Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Presenter(s): Holly Grason, MA. Type: Narrated Slide Presentation. Level: Introductory. Length: 52 minutes.


This lecture examines the Title V Maternal and Child Health Program with a review of the historical evolution of Title V, beginning with the establishment of the Children’s Bureau in 1912. The lecturer goes on to discuss how the Title V program works, including its basic structure and funding process through the federal government and the state match requirement. Finally, she emphasizes how states vary in how they address the purpose of Title V, how they utilize funding sources, and what activities they focus on providing. A reference website with additional information for further education is included in the presentation. A PDF of the presentation is available at

Learning Objectives

• Review evolution of Title V of the Social Security Act.

• Discuss how Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs work-federal and state components.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.