About the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

Mission:

To improve the health of America’s mothers, children and families.

Vision:

An America where all children and families are healthy and thriving, and have a fair shot at reaching their fullest potential.

Approach:

To achieve our vision, we rely upon evidence-based strategies to implement our programs and monitor their effectiveness through data-driven means.

Contact Us

Acting Associate Administrator
Laura Kavanagh, MPP
301-443-2170

Acting Deputy Associate Administrator
Natasha Coulouris
301-443-2170

MCHB Key Staff

MCHB Facts

Headquarters
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

Staff
198 employees as of 03/05/18

Funding
$1.29 billion in FY 2018

Department
MCHB is part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Our History

In 1912, the federal commitment to addressing maternal and child health was made with the establishment of the Children’s Bureau. This commitment was repeated in 1935 when Title V of the Social Security Act was enacted.

Discover the history of maternal and child health through our interactive timeline.

Our commitment aligns with the broader goals of HRSA:

Improve access to quality health care and services

Strengthen the health workforce

Build healthy communities

Improve health equity

Strengthen program operations

Our Areas of Expertise

MCHB-funded programs, research, outreach and other efforts seek to ensure the health and well-being of women and children across their lives: when a woman is of childbearing age, when a woman is pregnant, when a child is born, if the child has special health care needs, and as a child grows. Primarily, MCHB supports states and jurisdictions through the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, which is complemented by the Bureau’s portfolio of discretionary and appropriated grant programs.

Along with partners from other federal agencies, states, communities, professional groups, and family organizations, MCHB’s divisions and offices collaborate to support MCHB’s overall mission. To ensure optimal health and development across the lifespan of the MCH population, all programs and efforts focus on the following five areas:

Cross-Cutting/Life Course

Each step in a child’s growth is crucial to their physical, emotional, and social well-being. Programs and policies allow for states and communities to recommend immunizations, improve and maintain oral health, reduce obesity through access to information and programs that promote proper nutrition and physical activity, and prevent tobacco use.

Prioritizing Research and Training

To support the translation of research into practice and policy, MCHB takes an integrative and transdisciplinary approach to investigate and address maternal and child health problems. MCHB provides access to data on a wide range of key child health indicators — at both the state and national levels — through its National Survey of Children’s Health and by supporting original research on the most pressing challenges facing American children and their families. Complementing this research, MCHB’s investments in training support the practicing MCH workforce and the next generation of MCH leaders.

Measuring Success

Each of MCHB’s efforts is tied to specific measurements that monitor performance and outcomes to most effectively improve health for U.S. mothers, children, and families. Searchable data for the MCH Title V Block Grant Program are available on the Title V Information System (TVIS) and the Discretionary Grants Information System (DGIS).

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Date Last Reviewed:  May 2018