Maternal and Child Health
Making the Case for Oral Health to Your MCH/Title V Agency - Act now to ensure that oral health is part of your state's Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) needs assessment and state action plan! Your state MCH agency may have begun the process of conducting the Title V 5-year needs assessment. If the process hasn't started yet, it will soon. Don't hesitate; your action is needed now to become involved in the needs assessment process. To wait risks losing an opportunity to focus attention and resources on oral health in your state and to galvanize statewide support for oral health efforts over the next 5 years! The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) have developed three resources to help you and your staff with efforts to become involved in the needs assessment process and ultimately the development of the state action plan. (January 2019)
- Including Oral Health in the Title V Maternal and Child Health 5-Year Needs Assessment and State Action Plan [tip sheet]
- Rationale/Arguments for Including Oral Health in the Title V Needs Assessment
- "Elevator Pitch" for Introducing Oral Health Issues to MCH Director or Title V Coordinator
Strengthening Title V Evidence Based or Informed Strategy Measures – During this webcast presenters provided an overview of State Action Plans, National Performance Measure 13 A/B, Evidence-based and Evidence-informed Strategy Measures, and State Performance Measures. They also described characteristics of strong ESMs and SPMs and provided examples of how ESMs can be made stronger. They finished with state examples from Alabama and Iowa. (June 2017)
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has proposed updates to the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant guidance for the next 5-year (2020–2025) period. This guidance is used by states and jurisdictions in applying for block grants and in preparing the required annual report. HRSA has proposed several changes to the guidance, which could significantly impact oral health and the oral health national performance measure (NPM 13). To read the notice and submit a formal comment, go the Federal Register. Comments are due by August 8, 2017.ASTDD and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center have developed talking points to help states prepare comments in response to HRSA's proposed updates to the Title V Block Grant. (July 2017)
Title V NPM 13 Community of Learning Webcast – The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) have launched a peer-to-peer community of learning to support states addressing Title V/Maternal and Child Health (MCH) state action plan national performance measure (NPM) 13-Dental Visit. This webcast provided an overview of Title V MCH funding and national performance measure (NPM) 13 (oral health), a summary of NPM 13 state action plans and an opportunity for participants to learn about the NPM 13 OHRC/ASTDD Community of Learning Project and activities to assist states in successfully addressing NPM 13. (January 2017)
Maternal and Child Health National Performance Measure Summary and Detailed Overview - The measures and the process states use for the application, needs assessment, and reporting for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) block grant has changed. There are numerous opportunities to promote and integrate oral health into a state's MCH needs assessment, Title V application, and Title V reporting. This document includes a one-page summary and then a multi-page detailed overview of the changes along with suggested strategies to promote oral health in states using the new framework. (March 2015)
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs - The U.S. Department of HHS/ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has a new Web site with an oral health section that contains tools, links, and a wide variety of helpful information.
National Center on Health - In September 2011 the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, launched the National Center on Health (NCH) through a cooperative agreement awarded to the American Academy of Pediatrics working in partnership with key national organizations. ASTDD and the OHRC are the Project leads for the NCH oral health activities. (April 2012)
Opportunities for Collaboration between State Oral Health and Maternal and Child Health Programs to Improve Early Childhood Oral Health - This Issue Brief is intended to help MCH program directors and staff, state oral health program (SOHP) directors and staff, and others improve oral health within the MCH population by better integrating oral health activities and information into state MCH Early Childhood Programs. (Sept 2011)
Findings of the National Maternal & Child Oral Health Policy Center Focus Group The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center (Policy Center), in its charge to enhance policymakers' knowledge to address ongoing oral health disparities, identified the need to engage key state leaders to assess the challenges and barriers to investing in the oral health of families. (Oct. 6, 2010)
HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau - Access information MCH programs, funding, data, resources and publications.
Strategies for integrating oral health and MCH programs - This document is intended to help state and local officials, health directors, maternal and child health (MCH) program directors, oral health program directors, and others understand how to improve oral health and general health within the MCH population by better integrating oral health activities and information into state and local MCH programs. (2006)
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center - A major repository for MCH oral health information, with a separate section for the Head Start Oral Health Resource Center.
Nutrition and Oral Health for Children - This is a web-based curriculum from the Pacific West Maternal and Child Health Distance Learning Network.
Title V Information System - This website contains all types of information relating to the Title V MCH Block Grants, including state needs assessments and profiles, data reports, and national and state performance measures. It is a searchable database.