Bureau of Women's and Children's Health

Title V Block Grant

  • The Arizona Department of Health Services serves as the Title V administrator for the Maternal Child Health Block Grant. Every five years we are asked by the Maternal Child Health Bureau to assess the needs of women and children in our states and from there develop priorities and a plan to work on those priorities. During the month of March we will hold meetings where we will present information on the state of health for women and children in Arizona and to then hear from the communities what they see to be the priorities. Please check the flyer for meeting dates. We invite the public to these open meetings.
  • Learn how Text4Baby works with this informative video from Brandy, the service's ambassador.

Title V of the Social Security Act is the longest-standing public health legislation in America. Over the past 75 years Title V programs have provided the infrastructure that has led to big health improvements among our most vulnerable citizens. The primary goals are to:

  1. Reduce infant mortality and disabilities;
  2. Increase immunization rates;
  3. Increase the number of kids in low-income households that get assessments and follow-up diagnostic and treatment services; and
  4. Ensure access to comprehensive perinatal care for women;
  5. Ensure preventative and comprehensive care (including long-term care services) for kids with special health care needs;
  6. Enhance rehabilitation services for blind and disabled children under 16 years of age who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income; and
  7. Facilitate the development of comprehensive, family-centered, community-based, culturally competent, coordinated systems of care for kids with special healthcare needs.

In 2008, the program received the highest rating possible on the White House Office of Management & Budget's Performance Assessment Rating Tool demonstrating efficiency and effectiveness.