Alaska’s FY 2014 Maternal and Child Health Title V Block Grant application is due July 15, 2013. Public comments are welcome and will be accepted through June 28, 2013, 5:00 pm, to 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.
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.
What's new in MCH policy and programs?
For more information, please contact:
Yvonne Wu Goldsmith, MS, MPH
Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit Manager
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