2021-2025 Colorado MCH Needs Assessment
2021-2025 MCH Needs Assessment Kick-off Webinar!
It is that time again for Colorado’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program to begin the next five-year needs assessment (required by the Title V MCH Block Grant). The state MCH Program will select and submit 7-10 state MCH priorities in July 2020 that will guide state and local MCH work in Colorado from 2021-2025!
If you are interested in learning more about needs assessment efforts to date or would like to provide input, the MCH needs assessment webinar and slides are now available:
What is the purpose of a needs assessment?
Every five years, Colorado’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program conducts a state-level needs assessment of the health and well-being of women, children, youth and families to guide state and local public health work and to meet Title V MCH Block Grant requirements. The goal of the assessment is to gather information to understand what issues are facing this population and then to identify seven to ten specific priorities that can be positively impacted by public health work during the next five years. State and local MCH staff use the selected MCH priorities as a tool to focus efforts, align resources, and to positively impact in the lives of women, children and youth including those with special health care needs, and their families.
What are the main components of the needs assessment process?
The main components of the needs assessment process include collecting quantitative and qualitative data that are used in identifying priorities. Issue briefs on many key MCH topics are being developed to gather and highlight data. Each brief includes information on a topic’s incidence and prevalence, related social determinants of health, and contributing factors. The 2018 Colorado Health and Environmental Assessment also provides key information about the MCH population. Finally, stakeholder input – including the perspectives of youth and families – is critical to informing the identification of MCH priorities.
How does the MCH needs assessment affect me?
The resulting MCH priorities will affect what issues state and local public health professionals address in the next five years. Maternal and child health public health professionals develop and implement population-based prevention and health promotion programs and strategies with the aim of optimizing the health and well-being of the MCH population.
For more information, check out:
Gina Febbraro, MPH
Planning and Improvement Consultant
Prevention Services Division