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 Quick 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 link

All comments received are recorded and receive serious consideration.

2016 Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Report (13.3 MB, 402 pages)


2015 Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Report (13.5 MB, 330 pages)

2014 Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Report (8.63 MB, 237 pages)


Comments may be submitted to:

Ms. Annette Mente
Hawaii Department of Health Family Health Services Division
3652 Kilauea Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 733-8358
Email: Annette.mente@doh.hawaii.gov