Maternal and Child Health Title V Programs

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Date Developed: 2010. Source: University of South Florida College of Public Health. Presenter(s): Donna Petersen, MHS, ScD. Type: Video Lecture. Level: Introductory. Length: 45 minutes.


In this presentation Dr. Petersen describes the history and origins of the Title V MCH Program. She begins by reviewing the social and political issues of the early 1900s, including high maternal mortality, and infectious disease rates, as well as high child labor rates. She then discusses the social reformers, and the formation of the Children’s Bureau in 1912. Next, she explains how Title V was included in the Social Security Act of 1935 and how the original mission and scope of the program has not changed. Finally, she describes some of the newer principles of Title V, such as an emphasis on the life course perspective and a focus on increasing infrastructure building in state programs. She concludes her presentation with a reminder of the value of creating partnerships in order to improve and enhance the work of maternal and child health professionals.

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