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HRSA Serves Children

Narrative

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency responsible for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. The agency is made up of six bureaus and ten offices. One of these bureaus, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) takes the lead in promoting the physical and mental health, safety and well-being of the nation's maternal and child health (MCH) population, which includes all women, infants, children and their families.

To support its mission, MCHB oversees federal funding to States authorized under Title V of the Social Security Act. Title V authorizes appropriations to States to improve the health of mothers and children, including children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Each year, States report on the numbers of people served by Title V-funded programs. In 2010, programs overseen by MCHB and funded through Title V served over 41 million people within the MCH population, the majority of whom were children under the age of 22 years. Additionally, federal programs administered by MCHB serve subsets of the MCH population, such as children with autism, sickle cell diseases, traumatic brain injury and epilepsy.

Overseen by the Bureau of Primary Care, HRSA-supported health centers seek to provide comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations. In 2011, over 20 million people were provided with medical, dental, mental health, substance abuse or other services across 1,128 locations. Children aged 0 to 18 years accounted for 33.5 percent of those served by community health centers, with women representing a majority of users (58.7 percent; data not shown in graph images or in data tables on this site).

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HRSA Serves Children

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HRSA Serves Children

Data

Number of Persons Served, in Millions, Through the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, 2010
Category Number of Persons Served in Millions
*Other usually represents services to reproductive-age women.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration. Title V Information System. Accessed: September 10, 2012.
Total 41.56
Pregnant Women 2.54
Infants Less than 1 Year 4.12
Children Aged 1-22 Years 28.45
Children with Special Health Care Needs 1.99
Other* 4.46
Number of Patients, in Millions, Served in HRSA-Funded Community Health Centers by Age and Sex, 2011
Age Group Number of Patients in Millions
Male Female
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration, Uniform Data System, Online Data Tables. Accessed: September 8, 2012.
Under 5 Years 1.13 1.09
5 - 12 Years 1.34 1.32
13 - 24 Years 1.41 2.31
25 - 44 years 1.41 2.31
45 - 64 years 1.97 2.74
65 and Over 0.55 0.85