Maternal & Child Health

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Children, Healthy Families

Federal Title V Maternal and Child Health Program

For over 75 years, the Federal Title V Maternal and Child Health Program has provided States with funding to ensuring the health of the Nation's mothers, women, children and youth, including children with special health care needs, and their families.

The Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant (MCHBG) supports work in Maine including the following programs.

Maine CDC Children with Special Health Needs

  • Birth Defects Program
  • Cleft Lip & Palate Program
  • Partners in Care Coordination
  • Newborn Hearing Program
  • Genetics Program
  • Newborn Bloodspot Screening Program
  • Maternal, Fetal & Infant Mortality Review
  • Perinatal Health

Other Maine CDC Programs serving women, mothers and children and receiving support from the MCHBG and matching funds.

  • Women’s Health
  • Adolescent and School Health
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Injury and Suicide Prevention
  • Oral Health

Funding: DHHS, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention receives funds through a block grant from HRSA, Maternal & Child Health Bureau. Funds are used to design and implement a wide range of Maternal & Child Health and Children with Special Health Needs activities in Maine that address national and state priorities.

MCH Hot Topic

LOCATe Guidance

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) asked all hospitals in Maine to complete a US CDC assessment on maternal and neonatal Levels of Care (LOC) using the LOCATe tool. Maine DHHS then met with each hospital to review their LOCATe tool results and determine the appropriate maternal and newborn LOC. This document includes guidance on services based on the level of care, a map of Maine hospitals, and contact information.

Comprehensive Strength and Needs Assessment: The HRSA Maternal Child Health Block Grant requires states to complete a statewide strength and needs assessment every five years. The Maine CDC began this process during FY19 and is focusing on five populations (Women/Maternal, Perinatal/Infants, Children, Adolescents and Children with Special Health Needs). Workgroups included health care providers, community organizations and families who made recommendations on priorities and performance measures that will guide the work of Maine's MCH Programs for the next five years (2020-2025). Below are a few of the main documents used throughout the process.

  1. Presentation on the information gathered about priorities
  2. The current performance measures
  3. Data posters to help guide discussions about where Maine is seeing successes and challenges


Contact: Maryann Harakall
Voice: (207) 557-2470
Instate Toll Free:
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Fax: (207) 287-5355