Share Your Feedback on Illinois’ Plan for Maternal, Child and Family Health

June 23rd, 2023

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Illinois’ Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant application is open for public comment until July 21

Illinois families, you have an opportunity to share your input on the state’s latest Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Title V Block Grant application and report.

The MCH Title V Block Grant is a federal and state partnership to improve the health and well-being of all mothers, infants and children. The block grant is authorized by Title V of the Social Security Act.

Every state receives MCH Title V Block Grant funds. At least 30 percent of these funds must support services for children and youth with special healthcare needs.

The Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) has managed Illinois’ Title V program for children and youth with special healthcare needs since 1937.

Each year, states must complete an application for future funding and an annual report of our MCH activities from the last federal fiscal year. DSCC has partnered with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to help with Illinois’ latest application.

The 2024 MCH Title V Block Grant Application and 2022 Annual Report are posted on the IDPH website. You can also see Illinois’ updated MCH Title V Block Grant Action Plan for 2021-25, which includes the Title V priorities, national performance measures and strategies.

You can share your comments or recommendations on these documents until noon on July 21.

Please send comments to Title V Coordinator Cassidy Chambers at

More details are on the IDPH website.

For more information about DSCC’s Title V role, check out our Fiscal Year 2022 Annual Report.

Former DSCC Employee Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

March 31st, 2021

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Ralph Schubert honored for 40 years helping Illinois children and families

Ralph Schubert has received the Title V Lifetime Achievement Award from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Ralph is the former Associate Director for Title V Programs at the University of Illinois Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC). He retired in August 2020.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of maternal and child health over time.

“He’s been a tireless and lifelong advocate for children,” said Dr. Michael Warren, the Associate Administrator of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

Ralph has 40 years of public health experience in various local, state and federal positions in Illinois.

“I never expected to be considered for this award let alone selected to receive it,” Ralph said. “I am deeply honored.”

Before joining DSCC, Ralph spent a combined 30 years at the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Human Services.

His leadership positions at these agencies included Manager of Maternal and Child Health Grants and Program Development Unit. Ralph also served as the acting Associate Director for Family Health and the Associate Director for Program Planning and Development, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a new community health and prevention program.

He later became the Director of Public Policy for the Illinois Public Health Association before joining DSCC in August 2016.

Ralph said a major highlight of his career was helping lead the Healthy Families Illinois initiative.

Healthy Families Illinois is a home visitation program to support new and expectant parents and improve children’s safety. He collaborated with a group of 75 advocates, service provides and others to design, implement and expand this program. 

Ralph’s work with Healthy Families Illinois earned him the Friend of Children Award from Prevent Child Abuse Illinois and a Leadership Award from Voices for Illinois Children.

Ralph said he is grateful for the people he has worked with for supporting him and challenging him to be better throughout his career.

Now that he is retired, Ralph is pursuing his third master’s degree and plans to do mission work in Africa.

Congratulations, Ralph, and thank you for your service!  

Help Us Improve Services for Children and Families

February 7th, 2020

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Public input needed for maternal and child health survey

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) wants to hear from you.

We invite Illinois residents to fill out a quick, anonymous survey about the needs of women, infants, children and families across the state.

Your input will help us better understand the health challenges facing Illinois communities. It will also help us determine how new programs and services could help meet communities’ needs.

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous and confidential. You can click on the English survey link or the Spanish survey link to complete it online.

We are working with the Illinois Department of Public Health to collect survey responses.

This feedback will help guide the work of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Program over the next five years.

We will collect responses through the end of March 2020.

Email with any questions about the survey.

We hope to hear from you!