Bureau of Family Health

What We Do

The Bureau of Family Health promotes the health of Iowa families by providing resources for health care services through public and private collaborative efforts. We advocate for services that are family-centered, community-based, and culturally sensitive. Through these efforts, community entities are empowered to develop local health care systems that meet present and future health needs.

Family Health Poster


Request for Public Input on Maternal & Child Health Goals and Activities

Officials with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) are seeking comments from the public regarding the federal grant that provides important health services to mothers and children.

Comments must be received by May 30, 2018

What are Iowa's Title V Priorities, Needs, and Proposed Activities?

The Title V Block Grant is a federal-state partnership to address 8 National Performance Measures (NPM) and 5 State Performance Measures (SPM). The following documents contain the draft, proposed NPM and SPM plans for federal fiscal year 2019:

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One requirement of the Title V Block Grant is to gain public input concerning priorities, needs, and proposed program activities. State priorities were chosen for the five year grant period based on the 2016 Title V Needs Assessment. Your input is important at all times to help IDPH understand how well programs are working.

Whether you want to comment specifically on the Title V Block Grant and the state's activities related to that or you want to comment more generally on the needs of children and families, your interest and willingness to provide input is appreciated. Note that when comments are reported, they are summarized so that people making them are not identified.

This year, IDPH will be utilizing Survey Monkey to collect feedback related to the plans to address Iowa’s eight NPMs and five SPMs. In the online survey:

  • If you are responding to a specific measure or priority from the MCH Block Grant, please use the comment section for the specific NPM or SPM.
  • If you have a general comment, concern, resource, or idea to which you want to draw our attention, use the general comments/question area at the end of the survey.
  • If you don't have any comment or question, complete the survey by selecting the option that you "do not have comments/questions".

Submit your comments or questions by May 30, 2018. Click here to complete the feedback survey. 

Title V Maternal and Child Health Needs Assessment

For the FFY2016 Title V Block Grant application, staff from the Bureau of Family Health, the Oral Health Center and Child Health Specialty Clinics  conducted a 5-year needs assessment.

The Title V block grant is underwent a transformation to reduce burden, maintain flexibility and improve accountability. As a result, all states receiving Title V funding will be selected from a set of performance measures developed by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau at HRSA.

More information about the Needs Assessment process can be found here.

Toll Free Telephone Lines

The Bureau supports three toll free telephone lines providing information and referral services. They are:

  • Provider Services Line - 1-800-383-3826 (used by local contract agencies, physicians and other private providers, and consumers)
  • Healthy Families Line - 1-800-369-2229 (provides information on maternal, child and family planning services)
  • TEEN Line - 1-800-443-8336 (provides health information and referral to local resources for adolescents)

You may "Contact Us" to submit questions online.