ND Title V/ Maternal Child Health Publications

ABOUT TITLE V -Enacted in 1935 as a part of the Social Security Act, the Title V Maternal and Child Health Program is the Nation’s oldest Federal-State partnership. For over 75 years, the Federal Title V Maternal and Child Health program has provided a foundation for ensuring the health of the Nation’s mothers, women, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs, and their families. Title V converted to a Block Grant Program in 1981.

Specifically, the Title V Maternal and Child Health program seeks to:

  • Assure access to quality care, especially for those with low-incomes or limited availability of care;
  • Reduce infant mortality; Provide and ensure access to comprehensive prenatal and postnatal care to women (especially low-income and at risk pregnant women);
  • Increase the number of children receiving health assessments and follow-up diagnostic and treatment services;
  • Provide and ensure access to preventive and child care services as well as rehabilitative services for certain children;
  • Implement family-centered, community-based, systems of coordinated care for children with special healthcare needs; and
  • Povide toll-free hotlines and assistance in applying for services to pregnant women with infants and children who are eligible for Title XIX (Medicaid).

The MCH and Children’s Special Health Services Programs are housed at the North Dakota Department of Health

Access to Quality Health Care
Asthma Resource Booklet
Autism Resource Booklet
Cardiac Resource Booklet
Children’s Special Health Services Report on children with special health care needs
Cleft Resource Booklet
Deaths Due to Injuries Among Children and Young Adults
Diabetes Resource Booklet
Family Health Topics
Healthy People 2020
Metabolic Resource Booklet
ND Birth Defects Monitoring Report
ND Children’s Special Health Services Resource Library

North Dakota Title V Maternal and Child Health State Performance Measure Fact Sheets:

Partnerships with Families and American Indians
Comprehensive Screening Assessment and Treatment
Quality Health Care Through Medical Homes
Family Support Services and Education
Access to Quality Health Care
Optimal Mental Health and Social-Emotional Development
School and Child-Care Health Services
Violence and Bullying
Deaths Due to Injuries Among Children and Young Adults
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
Overview of Adverse Child and Family Experiences among North Dakota Children
A Connection Directory for Families and Agencies
Children with Special Health-Care Needs in North Dakota Report 2009-2010
Overview of Children with Special Health Care Needs in North Dakota

new Families are Partners in Decision Making at all Levels in North Dakota

newCoordinated, Ongoing, Comprehensive Care Within a North Dakota Medical Home

newAdequate Insurance to Cover Needed Services

newCSHCN Who are Screened Early and Continuously for Special Health Care Needs in North Dakota

newCommunity-Based Service Systems are Organized for Ease of Use in North Dakota

newCSHCN Youth Receive Services Needed for Transition to Adulthood in North Dakota

newSystem of Care for CSHCN Meeting All Age Relevant Core Outcomes in North Dakota


Every five years, North Dakota is required by the Title V legislation to develop a comprehensive statewide needs assessment. This needs assessment requires ongoing sources of information about maternal and child health (MCH) status, risk factors, access, capacity and outcomes. Needs assessment of the MCH population is an ongoing collaborative process, one that is critical to program planning and development and enables the state to target services and monitor the effectiveness of interventions that support improvements in the health, safety and well-being of the MCH population, which includes:

  • Pregnant women, mothers and infants to age 1.
  • Children and adolescents.
  • Children and youth with special health-care needs.

North Dakota’s Title V/MCH five-year needs assessment document is divided into several sections, including a summary of the process used to complete the needs assessment; an overview of the state’s geography and population base; a section with detailed findings and graphs revealing the needs of each of the population groups. An overview of the state’s challenges; and a description of the state’s selected priority needs, along with the process used to define those needs. To review the ND Five Year Needs Assessment click on the link below

Title V Needs Assessment
Executive Summary
75th Anniversary of Title V
Understanding Title V