Local Health Departments and Specific Maternal and Child Health Expenditures

As a part of the Public Health Activities and Service Tracking study and in collaboration with partners in two Public Health Practice–Based Research Network states, we examined relationships between local health department (LHD) maternal and child health (MCH) expenditures and local needs.

Findings demonstrate wide variations across programs and LHDs in relation to need and may underscore differences in how programs are funded. Programs with financial disbursements based on guidelines that factor in local needs may be better able to provide service as local needs grow than programs with less needs-based funding allocations.