LMCH Program Overview: Local Maternal Child Health (LMCH) funding is made available to local health departments to support the health of women, children, and families in communities across Michigan. Funding is made available through the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant to address national and state priority areas and/or a local MCH priority need identified through a needs assessment process. Local health departments complete an annual LMCH plan, which describes the jurisdiction's priority maternal and child health needs; the action steps that will be used to address these needs; and the service categories from the MCH pyramid of services. Target populations are women of childbearing age, mothers, infants, children ages 1-21and their families, and children with special health care needs. Michigan's MCH focus areas for 2021-2025 include low-risk cesarean delivery, infant safe sleep, breastfeeding, bullying prevention, oral health for women and children, transition to adult health care for children with special health care needs, childhood lead poisoning prevention, immunizations, medical care, and treatment for children with special health care needs, intended pregnancy, and behavioral/mental health services. The focus of local programming is to provide the target population with increased access to and provision of gap-filling services; enabling services such as case management and epidemiologic support; public health services and systems; and interventions to address community-specific MCH needs.
Legal Basis: PA 368 of 1978, Part 23 basic health services; Federal Title V Sec 501[42 U.S.C. 701]
Program Effectiveness: Local health departments are required to provide an annual year-end report which includes a summary of the fiscal year's activities, a brief description of any challenges and successes, the number of individuals served and the amount of MCH funds expended. MCH funds provide critical gap-filling services at the local level; increase availability of existing services; expand the number of individuals receiving services; and support public health infrastructure costs to deliver essential public health services.