Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Title V Turns 75

by Elaine Germano, CNM, DrPH, FACNM, ACNM Senior Education Policy Analyst

2010 marks the 75th anniversary of Title V of the Social Security Act, the only national program that focuses solely on improving the health of all mothers and children. To celebrate, the Health Resources and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is hosting a commemorative event next week—Wednesday, October 20, in Washington, DC—to highlight the past, present, and future of the program.

Many midwives have served in MCH bureaus at the state and local level, and midwifery practice is often strongly supported by government officials in those bureaus. For more information, resources on Title V, a 75th Anniversary widget, and ideas for community service projects, visit www.hrsa.gov/mchb75.

HRSA is also calling for YouTube video submissions about maternal child health programs that have impacted your life, community, or country. Submission topics related to midwifery include:
  • Adolescent health
  • Family-centered, community-based, coordinated systems of care
  • Maternal child health research
  • Obesity
  • Oral health
  • Prenatal and perinatal care
  • Women’s health

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