Maternal and Child Health Welfare Programming in the U.S.: Past and Present

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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: 40 minutes.


During this lecture, Holly Grason describes welfare programs in the U.S. She begins with a discussion of the instruments for providing public welfare benefits, and the history of the welfare benefit evolution in the U.S. She then highlights the introduction of the TANF in the 1990s and covers the key features of the act. A PDF of the slides is available at

Learning Objectives

• Provide a broad perspective on the meanings and vehicles of welfare.

• Consider historical contexts.

• Describe current formulation of a block grant for welfare.

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.