Sen. Marshall Announces $1.4 million to Kansas for Maternal and Child Health Block Grant

(Washington, D.C., February 12, 2021) – Today, U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. announced the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) received over $1.4 million in block grant funding to improve maternal and child health. 

“After working as an OBGYN in rural Kansas for nearly three decades, I know this federal-state partnership makes a positive impact on Kansas mothers and youth,” said Senator Marshall. “These programs support coordinated care for mothers before, during and after pregnancy as well as optimize infant health through feeding and sleeping best practices and providing physical and behavioral health services for children.”


The Maternal and Child Health Block Grant is a federal-state partnership that provides comprehensive access to care for almost 35,000 mothers, children, and their families annually across the state. Specifically, program funds are used to reduce infant mortality, reduce adolescent pregnancy, support screening and health assessments for children, prenatal and postnatal care, and more. KDHE’s first amount received is $1,430,306.

This funding is provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. Each year, Dr. Marshall supports robust funding for this program and similar programs – Healthy Start, Safe Motherhood and Infant Health, and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network – that seek to improve maternal and child health. 

For more information on how this program helps Kansans, click here