The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Extramural Research Program supports applied and translational research that has the potential to improve health services and care delivery, and to promote health and wellbeing among MCH populations. As such, MCHB supports research that attempts to convert basic knowledge into practical applications that enhance the health and wellbeing of mothers, children, and families through the development and testing of interventions, as well as the science of implementation and dissemination.
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Research Program supports meritorious applied and translational research related to maternal and child health services. These investigations have influenced how health care services are organized and delivered throughout the United States.
The MCH Research Program traces its roots back to the U.S. Children's Bureau, founded in 1912. The extramural research program is authorized by Title V, Section 502(a)(1) of the 1935 Social Security Act. With the enactment of the Social Security Act in 1935, the Federal Government, through Title V, pledged its support of State efforts to extend the health and welfare services for mothers and children. One way the Federal Government does this is by offering grants through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to support innovative research that has immediate potential for improving and managing health care delivery for mothers, children, and families. Many of these studies have yielded new insights and approaches toward treating maternal and child health problems, including those of children with special health care needs.