2021-2025 Colorado MCH Needs Assessment Overview
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. Data briefs on many key MCH topics are 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.