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MCH Block Grant Application For Public Comments and Review


The Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) intends to apply for Maternal and Child (MCH) Block Grant Federal Funding for FY 2014-2015 in accordance with Public Law 97-35 and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981.  The Office of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Section, is responsible for program administration of the grant.

Program priorities are based on the results of a statewide needs assessment conducted in 2010, which is updated annually based on relevant data collection. The Block Grant Application (also available in Spanish) describes in detail the goals and planned activities of the State Maternal and Child Health Program for the next year. 

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Interested persons may request copies of the full application from:

DHH - Office of Public Health
Maternal and Child Health Program
1450 Poydras Street Suite 2032

New Orleans, LA 70112

Additional information may be gathered by contacting Tracy Hubbard at (504)-568-3504 or

The purpose of the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant is to create Federal/State partnerships to develop service systems to support state efforts to meet MCH challenges including:

  • Significantly reducing infant mortality;
  • Providing comprehensive care for women before, during, and after pregnancy and childbirth;
  • Providing preventive and primary care services for children and adolescents;
  • Providing comprehensive care for children and adolescents with special health care needs;
  • Immunizing all children;
  • Reducing adolescent pregnancy;
  • Preventing injury and violence;
  • Putting into community practice national standards and guidelines (e.g., prenatal care; healthy and safe childcare; and health supervision of infants, children, and adolescents);
  • Ensuring access to care for all mothers and children; and
  • Meeting the nutritional and developmental needs of mothers, children, and families.

Each year the Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health's Maternal and Child Health Program and Children's Special Health Services Program, submits its grant application and work plan for the coming fiscal year as well as report on activities from the previous year for federal funding to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau , Health Resource Service Administration.  

Louisiana addresses 18 national performance measures and 8 state specific performance measures. Coordination and collaboration with many organizations and other state agencies occur to meet program objectives.

The 2010 Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Needs Assessment included qualitative and quantitative information gathered from MCH and Children's Special Health Services stakeholders and population groups in each region of the state in the form of meetings with Public Health Directors and community stakeholders.  Data presentations were used to facilitate a thorough analysis and foster informed priority setting by state and regional MCH stakeholders. A statewide survey was used to assess the public's view of women's health, infant and child health, oral health, adolescent health and access to medical, dental and mental health services through a survey among the Parish Health Unit patient population.  MCH ensured that this data-driven decision-making process guides the allocation of resources for the population's identified needs for the period 2010 - 2015.