Title V Maternal & Child Health Block Grant

The Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant (Title V of the Social Security Act) is the only federal program devoted to improving the health of all women, children and families. Title V provides funding to state maternal and child health (MCH) programs, which serve 35 million women and children in the U.S.

Since 1935, federal funds have supported state activities that improve the health of pregnant women, children, adolescents, and children and youth with special health needs (commonly called the “MCH population”). In Hawaii, the funds are used primarily to address maternal and child health infrastructure building services including:

  • Surveillance and data about the health status of Hawaii’s maternal and child health population;
  • Assessment and monitoring of needs to assure health and wellness;
  • State and local collaboration to assure access to preventive health services and information; and
  • Linkages to health care and other maternal and child health services in the community.

The Hawaii Department of Health, Family Health Services Division (FHSD) is responsible for the administration of the federal MCH Block Grant funds.

State Annual Title V Report/Application

Every year the Hawaii Department of Health submits a report and application for federal MCH Block Grant funds. The MCH Block Grant provides more than $2.2 million to the State to address MCH needs and priorities. The funds are used primarily for FHSD management, administrative, epidemiology/data, and program personnel.

Public Comments on Five-Year Plan

A Title V fact sheet lists the MCH priorities identified through the Five-Year needs assessment.

Title V Fact Sheet

The public is invited to comment on the new priorities and strategies in the preliminary Five-Year plan. This stakeholder input ensures that FHSD is responsive to the needs of Hawaii’s diverse population.

Public Input Survey – Contact Annette Mente (annette.mente@doh.hawaii.gov)

All comments received are recorded and receive serious consideration.

2019 Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Report (Report on FY 2018, Application for FY 2020)(19.04MB, 308 pages)


2018 Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Report-Final (Report on FY 2017, Application for FY 2019) ( 19.50MB, 344 pages)

Title V Video

Comments may be submitted to:

Ms. Annette Mente
Hawaii Department of Health Family Health Services Division
1010 Richards Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 733-8358
Email: Annette.mente@doh.hawaii.gov