Maternal & Child Health

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Children, Healthy Families

Federal Title V Maternal and Child Health Program

For over 75 years, the Federal Title V Maternal and Child Health Program has provided States with funding to ensuring the health of the Nation's mothers, women, children and youth, including children with special health care needs, and their families.

The Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant (MCHBG) supports work in Maine including the following programs.

Maine CDC Children with Special Health Needs

  • Birth Defects Program
  • Cleft Lip & Palate Program
  • Partners in Care Coordination
  • Newborn Hearing Program
  • Genetics Program
  • Newborn Bloodspot Screening Program
  • Maternal, Fetal & Infant Mortality Review
  • Perinatal Health

Other Maine CDC Programs serving women, mothers and children and receiving support from the MCHBG and matching funds.

  • Women’s Health
  • Adolescent and School Health
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Injury and Suicide Prevention
  • Oral Health

Funding: DHHS, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention receives funds through a block grant from HRSA, Maternal & Child Health Bureau. Funds are used to design and implement a wide range of Maternal & Child Health and Children with Special Health Needs activities in Maine that address national and state priorities.

  • Grant #B04MC26670
  • State General Funds

MCH Hot Topic

Comprehensive Strength and Needs Assessment:  The HRSA Maternal Child Health Block Grant requires states to complete a statewide strength and needs assessment every five years. The Maine CDC began this process during FY15 and is focusing on six populations (Women/Maternal, Perinatal/Infants, Children, Adolescents, Children with Special Health Needs and Cross Cutting/Life Course Issues). Workgroups included health care providers, community organizations and families who made recommendations on priorities and performance measures that will guide the work of Maine's MCH Programs for the next five years (2015-2020).

Prematurity Report Card
March of Dimes, Maine Chapter works to promote healthy mothers and healthy babies through research and education to reduce infant mortality, and to prevent prematurity and birth defects.  The March of dimes provides information for families and providers.

  • Maine received an "A" on the March of Dimes Prematurity Report Card (11/2014) and was one of only 4 states receiving an "A".  The March of Dimes grades states by comparing each state's rate of preterm birth to the March of Dimes 2020 goal of 9.6 percent. Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death in the US.
  • Although our rate of uninsured women, late preterm birth and women who smoke have each increased slightly from 2012 in Maine, the preterm birth rate is below the goal at 9.3%. (the goal is 9.6% by 2014)
  • View Maine's Report Card

Contact: Maryann Harakall
Voice: (207) 557-2470
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Fax: (207) 287-5355