The Chicago MCH Mini-Block Grant
Bureau of Maternal and Infant Health
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


The program's goals are to improve the health of women and children in Chicago and to ensure that medically indigent women and children receive health care.


The Chicago MCH Mini-Block Grant provides direct health care and supportive services to pregnant women, children, and women of reproductive age. Services include but are not limited to prenatal care, family case management, laboratory tests, vitamin distribution, WIC services, fitness classes, car seat safety classes, referral, counseling, smoking cessation, preconceptional/interconceptional importance (focusing on assuring that when a woman becomes pregnant she is in good health and understands the importance of early prenatal care and maintaining a healthy body during pregnancy. Preconceptional counseling emphasis is to eliminate risk factors i.e. tobacco, alcohol, drugs, stabilizing medical conditions such diabetes, high blood pressures); family planning, STD education, screening & monitoring; well child visits for infants, children, and adolescents; immunizations; parenting classes and literature; SIDS Risk Reduction Education; and early intervention referrals.

Delivery Method

Services are delivered in the Chicago Department Public Health Clinics, and four Community Health Centers (Near North Health Services Corporation; Circle Family Care Corporation; and Friend Family Health Center of the University of Chicago and Mile Square Health Center).

Program Data

Multiple services include but are not limited to: immunizations, well-child visits, developmental screenings, family planning, perinatal depression services, WIC, etc.

SFY07 SFY08 SFY09 SFY 10
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $5,017.4 $5,017.4 $5,017.4 $5,017.4

Program Effectiveness

The efforts directed to Maternal Child Health have impacted the following: early entry into prenatal care, 64% enter prenatal care during the 1st trimester; 95% of clients are referred to and enrolled into WIC services; 100% of women have family planning addressed during their postpartum visit; and an increase in immunization rates and well child visits. As a result of these and other efforts, the infant mortality rate in the City of Chicago has declined from 12.6/1000 in 1995 to 8.6/1000 in 2002. The teen pregnancy rate has declined from 18.7/1000 in 1995 to 13.5/1000 in 2003.