MCH Block Grant Application For Public Comments and Review

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is applying for the Title V Maternal and Child (MCH) Block Grant Federal Funding for FY 2018-2019 in accordance with Public Law 97-35 and the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981. The Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health is responsible for the administration of the grant. 

The MCH Block Grant Application summary (available in English and Spanish) describes the goals and planned activities of the Bureau of Family Health for the next year.  Program priorities are based on the results of a statewide needs assessment conducted in 2014-2015, which is updated annually based on relevant data collection. We invite you to complete a brief online survey after reviewing the summary document.

Interested persons may request copies of the full application from:

State of Louisiana
LDH - Office of Public Health
Bureau of Family Health
1450 Poydras Street Suite 2013
New Orleans, LA 70112

Additional information may be gathered by contacting Elizabeth Keenan at (504)-568-3521 or

The purpose of the MCH Block Grant is to create Federal/State partnerships to develop service systems to support state efforts to meet MCH challenges.

Every 5 years, the state is required to conduct a statewide Needs Assessment. The Needs Assessment included both quantitative (numbers) and qualitative (conversations) data.  MCH data and indicators were analyzed, scored and ranked at the state and regional levels. Based on the findings of the 2015 Needs Assessment, the state has identified priorities (listed below) to comprehensively address the needs of women, infants, children and youth (including those with special health care needs), and their families which will guide the use of the funds in the state. Performance measures were selected and must be reported on annually over the next 5 years. The priorities identified through the 2015 Needs Assessment include:

  • Access to quality health care
  • Access to social, emotional, and mental health supports for families
  • Help finding services for children and youth with special health care needs
  • A better understanding of why some groups have worse health problems than others. All families deserve a chance to be healthy!
  • Local community leaders across the state that work to protect the health of families
  • Up to date facts on the health needs of women, children, and youth. 

MCH Block Grant Application Summary - English





MCH Block Grant Application Summary - Spanish