Alaska’s FY 2015 Maternal and Child Health Title V Block Grant application is due July 15, 2014. Public comments are welcome and will be accepted through July 10th, 2014, 5:00 pm.
To measure progress towards Alaska's maternal and child health priorities, we collect data on 10 state performance measures. We also report data on 18 national performance measures, 7 national and state outcome measures, 29 health system indicators, and 14 health system capacity indicators.
We welcome you to take the public survey here: https://surveymonkey.com/s/AKMCHBlockGrant or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant ?
The Title V Block Grant is a Federal-State partnership program to improve the health of mothers and children, including children and youth with special health care needs. Two links below offer excellent descriptions of the Title V program:
Title V Block Grant Application
The Title V Block Grant program requires all states to report on maternal and child health performance measures and outcomes every year. The application includes:
- a comprehensive description of activities that support progress towards achieving national and state goals.
- data on performance measures, outcomes and health capacity indicators
Every state’s Title V application, including Alaska’s, is posted on the federal website. You can compare data across states.
How Are Alaska's Title V Funds Used?
The Title V program is managed by the Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Women's Children's and Family Health (WCFH). Services funded by Title V can be envisioned as a pyramid of four tiers consisting of:
- Direct Health Care Services
- Enabling Services
- Population-based Services
- Infrastructure Services
Allocation of funds within these categories are based on the state's maternal and child health priorities. These priorities were developed in 2005 following a needs assessment analysis.
Title V Maternal and Child Health Priorities, FY 2011–2015:
- Reduce substance abuse among families, including alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
- Reduce child maltreatment and bullying.
- Collaborate with families to work toward a system of integrated services for families with infants, children, and teens, and especially those with special health care needs.
- Reduce the risks associated with unintended pregnancy and teen pregnancy.
- Reduce dental caries in children 0 - 21 years of age.
- Reduce intimate partner violence (IPV) including teen dating violence.
- Reduce preventable post-neonatal mortality due to SIDS/asphyxia.
- Support communities to increase family and youth resiliency.
- Reduce the prevalence of obesity and overweight throughout the lifespan.
- Increase universal screening for post partum depression in women.
- Strengthen quality school-based health care and health promotion.
- Implement standardized screening for developmental delay and behavioral health in children 0 - 21 years.
- Develop capacity to help families navigate the health care system.
- Acknowledge the importance of men in MCH programs.
- Reduce early term elective births.
What's new in MCH policy and programs?
For more information, please contact:
Daniella Delozier, MSPH
Public Health Specialist I
Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit
Section of Women's, Children's and Family Health
Division of Public Health
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
3601 C Street, Suite 358
Anchorage, AK 99503
(907) 269-3493 fax