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Transformation of the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant

MCH Transformation 3.0

Since May of last year, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau has been working in partnership with the leadership in the State Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs as well as with other national MCH leaders and stakeholders to develop and refine a vision (titled MCH 3.0) for transforming the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant to better meet current and future challenges facing our Nation’s mothers and children, including children with special health care needs.  


Utilizing a three-pronged approach, the Bureau convened: 

  1. An internal work group to take a fresh look at the program mission, vision, values, performance measures, MCH Block Grant Guidance and Application, and the five-year Needs Assessment and Block Grant review processes; 
  2. An external work group led by Dr. Donna Peterson, Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida, to reach out to National MCH leaders on how we can improve, innovate and transform the Block Grant; and 
  3. An external work group sponsored by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) to facilitate our continuing partnership by sharing the ideas and perspectives of State MCH leaders for crafting a vision for the MCH Block Grant of the Future.  

While still formative, this video builds on the efforts of the three work groups and the comments received from a range of MCH stakeholders through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s (MCHB) MCH Transformation Inbox.  Most importantly, the video captures the evolution in thinking that has occurred relative to the development of MCH 3.0.  As the Associate Administrator for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, I welcome your guidance and support in this effort.  Your participation is essential to ensuring the relevance and value of this critical transformation.  Please submit your comments, suggestions and feedback on the proposed MCH 3.0 to the MCH Transformation Inbox at