Maternal/Women's Health

The Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program provides health care and public health services for 86% of all pregnant women in the United States.In all 59 states and jurisdictions, we support programs and services that advance women's health.

What are our goals?

We focus our efforts on three key strategic priorities:

  • Improving women’s health before, during, and beyond pregnancy and across their life course;
  • Improving the quality and safety of maternity care; and
  • Improving systems of maternity care including both clinical and public health systems; 

How do we accomplish our goals?

We accomplish our goals through the following programs and initiatives.

  • HRSA Preventive Services
  • Title V MCH Block Grant
  • Healthy Start
  • Screening and Treatment for Maternal Depression and Related Behavioral Disorders
  • Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) exit dsiclaimer

    With our support, AIM assists state-based teams with the implementation of maternal safety bundles. These bundles improve the quality and safety of maternity care with the goal of reducing maternal morbidity and mortality.  As of  August 2019, there are 27 states enrolled in AIM and approximately 1,300 hospitals participating in bundle implementation.

    What are safety bundles?
    Safety bundles exit dsiclaimer are small, straightforward sets of evidence-based practices. When performed collectively and reliably, they have been shown to improve patient outcomes. The AIM maternal safety bundles include:

    • Obstetric Hemorrhage
    • Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy
    • Maternal Venous Thromboembolism Prevention
    • Safe Reduction of Primary Cesarean Birth
    • Reduction of Peripartum Racial/Ethnic Disparities
    • Postpartum Care Basics for Maternal Safety From Birth to the Comprehensive Postpartum Visit
    • Postpartum Care Basics for Maternal Safety Transition From Maternity to Well-Woman Care
    • Obstetric Care for Women with Opioid Use Disorder

What is the impact of these safety bundles?
Data are being collected and analyzed to explore the impact of the maternal safety bundles on key outcomes, including severe maternal morbidity.

Learn more about our efforts to address maternal mortality.

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2019