Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935, Title V of the Social Security Act has, for 75 years, remained the only national program accountable for the health and well-being of all mothers and children. Throughout this time, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs have responded to the changing needs of MCH populations as well as the health, social and political environments that impact them. The capacity of Title V to do this requires the ongoing training of new generations of MCH scholars and teachers, to generate and translate new knowledge and support professionals in the practice of maternal and child health.
This inextricable link between MCH academics and leaders of systems of care for women, children and families is a strong and important tradition in Maryland.
For more information on the history of MCH in America, click here.