Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program (Title V)
The Wisconsin Maternal and Child Health programs work for a future where all people and families are healthy and thriving. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of the state’s:
- Children, including Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).
- Pregnant, Postpartum, and Parenting People.
Programs and resources
The Well Badger Resource Center is a health information and referral program. If you have questions or are looking for resources for your family, Well Badger Resource Center can help you!
For health information and referral services:
Call 800-642-7837, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday through Friday,
or go to wellbadger.org
There are many resources available to families in Wisconsin. Select a link to learn more. For help, visit the Well Badger Resource Center.
Babies and pregnant people
Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Programs
Wisconsin receives federal funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support programs and infrastructure to promote the health of Wisconsin’s families. We are now in our 2021–2025 grant cycle. View the Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant FY 2022 Application and FY 2020 Annual Report (PDF), which describes the activities funded by our grant in 2020 and our plans for 2022.
Wisconsin gets funding for the Maternal and Child Health and CYSHCN programs through the federal Title V Block Grant. This grant is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
With our grant, we give funding to local public health departments, tribal nation agencies, and other organizations across the state.
Our 2021–2025 priority areas
Our federal block grant requires that we complete a “Needs Assessment” every five years. During our 2020 Needs Assessment, we used information from the following sources to develop our priorities:
- A public input survey
- Community conversations with people all over the state
- Data from vital records (birth and death records, for example)
- Information from national and state surveys of parents, youth, and birthing people
Our selected priorities based on the 2020 Needs Assessment are:
- Advance equity and racial justice.
- Assure access to quality health services.
- Cultivate supportive social connections and community environments.
- Enhance identification, access, and support for individuals with special health care needs and their families.
- Improve perinatal outcomes.
- Foster positive mental health and associated factors.
- Promote optimal nutrition and physical activity.
The state Title V Block Grant team includes the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) unit and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs unit, who work with many other programs, including the Maternal and Infant Mortality Prevention (MIMP) unit.
Our team includes people with diverse backgrounds and training, including public health nurses, data analysts, health educators, and grants specialists.
Questions? Email DHSDPHMCH@dhs.wisconsin.gov.