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Title V Maternal and Child Health Program

Title V of the Social Security Act reflects our nation’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of mothers, children, and their families, and is operationalized through a block grant. For an overview of the Title V Block Grant and the national health priorities it addresses, please visit

In Delaware, the Title V Block Grant serves as the foundation for much of our Maternal & Child Health Program, and is administered by the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH).  DPH coordinates and collaborates with many organizations and other state agencies to implement activities that address grant goals and objectives.  The current priorities for our Title V program, as established by a needs assessment completed in 2010, are:

2010-2015 Priorities

  1.   The infant mortality rate in Delaware should be reduced.
  2.   The incidence of low birth weight and preterm births should be reduced.
  3.   The prevalence of obesity among children and teens should be reduced.
  4.   The prevalence of obesity among women of childbearing age should be reduced.
  5.   The incidence of unintentional injury and the mortality rate among children and youth should be reduced.
  6.   The prevalence of smoking among teens should be reduced.
  7.   A multi-faceted approach to providing support to organizations serving families with children with special health care needs should be implemented statewide.
  8.   Developmental delay in early childhood should be identified early and appropriate intervention services should be provided to children at risk of developmental delay.
  9.   Health disparities among Families with Children with Special Health Care Needs should be reduced.
  10.  Oral health preventive and treatment services should be made available to children, including children with special health care needs.


For more information on Delaware’s fiscal year 2015 application for the Title V Block Grant, please visit:

For more information on services supported by Delaware's Title V Block Grant

 2015 Needs Assessment

Every five years, states are required to complete a comprehensive assessment of the needs, desired outcomes, and system capacity for the maternal and child health population, including children and youth with special health care needs. The results of this assessment will be used to establish the priorities that will guide our Title V program for the next five years (2015-2020).

DPH’s needs assessment was initiated in fall 2014.  To learn more about the needs assessment process, timeline, and opportunities to be engaged, please review the following links:

MCH Issue Briefs

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