Maternal and Child Health Block Grant

 

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Block grant funds support state and local activities to improve the health of women, infants, children, youth, and their families.

To receive the grant each year, the Office of Family and Community Health Improvement submits an application and report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The application includes:

  • data on several national and state performance measures,
  • a budget summary, and
  • a report on past, present, and planned activities.

Current Strategies for Block Grant Funds

For this year's grant, the Department of Health (DOH) has identified strategies we believe will best serve each of the five maternal and child health (MCH) population domains in our state. To determine these strategies, DOH:

  • assessed the needs of each population,
  • considered the capacity of DOH and its many partners,
  • consulted with partners about their interests and priorities,
  • gathered public feedback in a 2020 needs assessment, and
  • considered federal requirements and existing Washington state strategic plans and priorities.

Based on this analysis, and as required by the grant, DOH has chosen national performance measures for this five-year grant cycle (October 1, 2020-September 30, 2025). These measures should most effectively and comprehensively measure and improve the health and well-being of MCH populations in Washington.

National Performance Measure(s)

National Performance Measure(s)

Population Domain

Well Woman Visits

Women's/Maternal Health

Breastfeeding

Infant/Perinatal Health

Developmental Screening

Child Health

Adolescent Well Visit

Adolescent Health

Medical Home and
Adequate Insurance

Children with Special Health Care Needs

State Performance Measures

We also include state performance measures that focus on:

  • reducing depression and increasing access to mental health care,
  • positive adult mentors for teens,
  • preventing teenage alcohol use,
  • affordability of health care services, and
  • preparation for the next MCH needs assessment.

To learn about the current grant application: