Maternal, Child & Family Health

The Office of Women’s Health and Family Services Division of Maternal, Child and Family Health Services implements the Maternal, Child Health Services, Title V Block Grant, which is responsible for the health and well-being of all of Illinois’ mothers, infants, children (including those with special healthcare needs) and their families. 

Maternal Child Health Priorities 

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Title V Block Grant, part of the Social Security Act of 1935, is the oldest Federal/State partnership to improve the health and well-being of all mothers, infants, and children, particularly children with special health care needs.  Every year, States are required to complete both an application for future funding and an annual report of the MCH activities from the previous federal fiscal year.  Click below for drafts of the Illinois’ Maternal and Child Health Services Title V 2018 Application/2016 Annual Report and MCH Action Plan, which includes the State Priorities and National Performance Measures.  Please review these documents and provide any comments or recommendations to Division Chief, Andrea Palmer, at DPH.MCH@illinois.gov by Friday June 30, 2017.

2018 Title V Application/2016 Annual Report

Illinois’ priorities for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) population, listed below, were developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health with input from a cross-disciplinary team of in-state experts using the qualitative and quantitative findings from the 2015 assessment of the primary and preventive healthcare needs of Illinois women, infants, children (including those with special healthcare needs) and adolescents.

  1. Assure accessibility, availability, and quality of preventive and primary care for all women, particularly for women of reproductive age
  2. Support healthy pregnancies and improve birth outcomes
  3. Support expanded access to and integration of early childhood services and systems
  4. Facilitate the integration of services within patient-centered medical homes for all children, particularly Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)
  5. Empower adolescents to adopt healthy behaviors
  6. Assure appropriate transition planning and services for adolescents and young adults, including Young Adolescents and Adults with Special Health Care Needs (YSHCN)
  7. Assure that equity is the foundation of all MCH decision-making; eliminate disparities in MCH outcomes
  8. Support expanded access to and integration of mental health services and systems for the MCH population
  9. Partner with consumers, families, and communities in decision-making across MCH programs, systems, and policies
  10. Strengthen the MCH capacity for data collection, linkage, analysis, and dissemination and improve MCH data systems and infrastructure