2021-2025 Colorado MCH Needs Assessment Overview

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.  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.

For more information, check out:
Webinars and documents that provide updates on the needs assessment process.
During the 2021-2025 needs assessment process, many resources were developed to inform the selection and development of priorities. The resources are now available.
Gina Febbraro, MPH
Planning and Improvement Consultant
Prevention Services Division
(303) 692-6405