Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) are seeking comments from the public regarding the federal grant that provides important health services to mothers and children.
The Title V MCH Block Grant is administered through the Bureau of Family Health, within IDPH. It allows IDPH to assure access to preventive and primary health care for mothers, infants, children, and children with special health care needs. Title V also facilitates collaboration in assessing the health status of Iowa's communities and families.
Title V of the Social Security Act of 1935 established the maternal and child health programs designed to improve the health of mothers and children. It supports programs that help mothers give birth to healthy babies and promotes access to medical and dental care for children as they grow and develop.
Title V MCH programs work with local public health departments, community-based organizations, statewide organizations, and private providers to assure quality health services are provided to mothers, children and families in Iowa. The major focus areas include:
The Title V Block Grant is a federal-state partnership to address the health related needs of Iowa's maternal and child (including children and youth with special health care needs) populations. One requirement of the Title V Block Grant is to gain public input concerning priorities, needs, and proposed program activities.
For federal fiscal year (FFY) 2016, Iowa was required to do conduct a comprehensive Title V Needs Assessment. This Needs Assessment was used to identify the needs and priorities of Iowa's MCH population. The Needs Assessment Summary is located here:
At the federal level, Title V recently went through a transformation. Iowa must address 8 new national performance measures (NPMs) for FFY2016-FFY2020. These NPMs were selected from 15 identified by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Title V Needs Assessment was used to select the new NPMs.. The following document contains a draft of Iowa's proposed five year action plan for the new NPMs beginning in FFY 2016:
Title V has recently gone through a transformation at the federal level. Iowa must now address 8 new NPMs. These NPMs were selected from a list of 15 from MCHB, the Title V Needs Assessment was used to select the performance measures. The following document contains a draft of Iowa's proposed five year action plan for the new NPMs beginning in federal fiscal year 2016:
In order to close out the previous performance measures we have put together an annual report on the previous 18 National Performance Measures (NPM) and 8 State Performance Measures (SPM). The following documents contain the draft, proposed NPM and SPM reports for federal fiscal year 2016:
Whether you want to comment specifically on the Title V Block Grant and the state's activities related to that or you want to comment more generally on the needs of children and families, your interest and willingness to provide input is appreciated. Note that when comments are reported, they are summarized so that people making them are not identified.
This year, IDPH will be utilizing Survey Monkey to collect feedback related to the Title V Needs Assessment, the new NPMs, and the previous NPMs and SPMs. In the online survey:
Submit your comments or questions by June 17, 2015. Click here to complete the feedback survey.