Maternal and Child Health
Maternal and child health (MCH) programs focus on health issues concerning women, children and families, such as access to appropriate prenatal and well-child care, infant mortality prevention, emergency medical services, injury prevention, newborn screening, and services to children with special health care needs. States invest in healthy children and families and hope, in turn, to save money by averting more costly health problems and avoiding the need for related support services down the road.
Both federal and state funds contribute to MCH-related programs, such as the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant; Medicaid; the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); the Healthy Start Initiative; the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program; and the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). States also play an important role in administering these programs.
Recent News and Updates
Improving Children’s Mental Health
LegisBrief, National Conference of State Legislatures, January 2014
Where are States Today? Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility Levels for Children and Non-Disabled Adults
Kaiser Family Foundation, January 13, 2014
Preventing Smoking During Pregnancy
LegisBrief, National Conference of State Legislatures, December 2013
State Opportunities and Strategies for Breastfeeding Promotion through the Affordable Care Act
Associaton of Maternal and Child Health Programs, December 2013
Who Will Be Covered for What in 2014?
An Overview of Projected Public and Private Insurance Coverage and Essential Health Benefits for Maternal and Child Health Populations Under the Affordable Care Act
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, September 2013
Child Health USA 2013
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, October 2013
Updated January 31, 2014
This site is made possible by project, UC4MC21528, from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act), Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.