August 14, 1935 marked 85 years since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, which included Title V—Grants to States for Maternal and Child Welfare. Since then, Title V has formed the foundation of the public health system for mothers, children and families in the United States.
Today, Title V programs touch nearly every U.S. family. In FY 2018, the Title V federal/state partnership served 99% of infants, 91% of pregnant women, and 54% of all children, including children with special health care needs. Over the past eight decades, Title V has contributed to notable improvements in reducing infant mortality and maternal mortality and morbidity, preventing child and adolescent deaths and injuries, and increasing the number of children receiving health assessments and immunizations.
HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau recognizes the contributions of Title V leaders and MCH partners nationwide and looks forward to continuing to improve the health and well-being of America’s mothers, children and families.