Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services

Program Purpose
To improve the health and well-being of the State’s mothers, infants, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs, and their families.

  • To provide and assure mothers and children, in particular those with low income or with limited availability of health services, access to quality MCH services
  • To reduce infant mortality and the incidence of preventable diseases and handicapping conditions among children
  • To reduce the need for inpatient and long term care services
  • To increase the number of children, especially preschool children, appropriately immunized against disease
  • To increase the number of low income children receiving health assessments and follow-up diagnostic and treatment services
  • To promote the health of mothers and infants by providing prenatal, delivery and postpartum care for low income, at-risk pregnant women
  • To promote the health of children by providing preventative and primary care services for low income children
  • To provide and promote family-centered, community-based, coordinated care for women, children and families.

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs promote the development of local systems of health care and target six identified population health domains:

  1. Maternal/women’s health
  2. Perinatal/infant health
  3. Child health
  4. Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)
  5. Adolescent/young adult health
  6. Crosscutting or life course (public health issues that impact multiple MCH population groups)

Priority Areas:

  • All women receive early and comprehensive health care before, during and after pregnancy
  • Improve mental health and behavioral health of pregnant women and new mothers
  • Reduce preterm and low birth weight births, and infant mortality
  • Increase initiation, duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding
  • All children and youth receive health care through medical homes
  • Reduce child and adolescent risk behaviors relating to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • All children and youth achieve and maintain healthy weight

The MCH program has identified 10 essential services that serve as the guide for services to families:

  1. Assessment and monitoring of maternal and child health status to identify and address problems
  2. Diagnosis and investigation of health problems and health hazards affecting women, children and youth
  3. Information and education to the public and families about maternal and child health issues
  4. Mobilizing community partnerships between policy makers, health care providers, families, the general public and others to identify and solve maternal and child health problems
  5. Providing leadership for priority setting, planning and policy development to support community efforts to assure the health of women, children, youth and their families
  6. Promotion and enforcement of legal requirements that protect the health and safety of women, children and youth and ensuring public accountability for their well-being
  7. Linking women, children and youth to health and other community and family services and assure quality systems of care
  8. Assuring the capacity and competency of the public health and personal health work force to effectively address maternal and child health needs
  9. Evaluation of the effectiveness, accessibility and quality of personal health and population-based maternal and child health services
  10. Support for research and demonstrations to gain new insights and innovative solutions to maternal and child health related problems

MCH program activities are provided in community, clinic, school and family home settings.  Healthy Start Home Visiting (HSHV) for pregnant women, mothers, and infants up to one year of age to provide education and promote healthy/safe decisions is one example of service provision in the home.  MCH services complement KanCare medical assistance programs. MCH programs serve as a safety-net provider for the MCH population by providing gap-filling health care services.

Eligible Applicants
Organizations with the capacity to provide quality services to Kansas families are eligible to apply. Single or multi county/agency applications will be accepted.

Multi county/agency applicants must designate a lead organization for application. The lead organization will serve as the fiscal agent and grant management entity. Each participating county/agency must provide a letter of commitment that includes agreement with designation of the lead organization.

Applicants should thoroughly review the MCH Service Manual, consider community and local needs for the legislatively mandated MCH populations, and develop a work plan and budget that aligns with the MCH priorities and measures. Generally, preference will be given to applications which indicate a collective impact approach and coordination with other programs, including food and nutrition, education, developmental/children and family services, family planning and other health and community service programs.

Funding Information
Grants will be awarded annually on a competitive basis. Priority for services should be given to those with low income or limited availability to health services. Grants are subject to availability of funds. No part of the grant money shall be used for any political purposes. Funds may not be used for cash payments to intended recipients of health services or for purchase of land, buildings, or major medical equipment.

Local matching funds must be equal to or greater than 40% of the grant funds requested and awarded. Local program revenues may be utilized to meet the match requirements.

Program Details (For application guidance)
For more information on program goals, guidance, reporting requirements, refer to the following documents, attached:
MCH Manual
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program Guidance

To Request Funds/Apply
To apply for funding, fill out an application in Catalyst ( For grantees receiving funding in SFY15, the program administrator will receive a Catalyst user name and password in advance. If the program administrator has not yet received a username and password, contact the Catalyst Operations Support Team (

New applicants can request to be set up in Catalyst and receive a username and password by contacting:

Before starting your application, please complete the following training courses on Kansas TRAIN (

  • Catalyst Training 1: Catalyst Navigation (Course #1054439)
  • Catalyst Training 2: Application Process Overview in Catalyst (Course #1054483)
  • Catalyst Training 3: Application Management in Catalyst (Course #1054567)
  • Catalyst Training 4: Applying for Funding Announcement(s) in Catalyst (Course #1054672)

Applications are available on January 15, 2015 and are due on March 16, 2015.

Reporting Requirements

Report Type Due
Affidavit of Revenues and Expenditures Quarterly
Aggregate Client Data Quarterly
Narrative Progress Report Quarterly

Program Contacts

Carrie Akin
MCH Program Consultant

Kay White
MCH Program Consultant
785-296-1305 |