2010 Needs Assessment Documents
The federal Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant is designed to help states improve the health of all mother and children, including the most vulnerable populations - children with special health care needs, those that are hard-to-reach, low-income, and racial and ethnic minority populations.
One requirement of the MCH Block Grant is that Minnesota conduct a comprehensive, statewide needs assessment every five years. The next needs assessment is due in July of 2010. The goals of Minnesota’s needs assessment are to:
- Determine Minnesota’s priority needs for the maternal and child health and children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) populations;
- Enhance the stakeholders’ and MDH staff’s commitment and participation to the priority needs; and
- Increase the state’s commitment to addressing the final priorities.
Target Populations for the Needs Assessment
The needs assessment will focus on identifying priority needs for three population groups:
1) Pregnant women, mothers and infants;
2) Children and adolescents; and
3) Children and youth with special health care needs.
The Needs Assessment Process
To assure a comprehensive needs assessment process, the MDH intends to undertake a series of steps.
- Engaging stakeholders in the needs assessment process (take needs assessment survey)
- Assessing the needs of the three target populations through the use of data and broad input from stakeholders
- Examining Minnesota’s strengths and capacity to address the identified needs
- Selecting up to 10 priories for Minnesota to address over the next 5 years
- Developing an action plan to achieve the identified priorities
- Developing measures to monitor the states performance in addressing those priorities
- Reporting back to stakeholders annually on Minnesota’s progress
Getting Involved in the Needs Assessment
The success of the needs assessment process will depend on the input from multiple stakeholders. These stakeholders include governmental partners at the state and local level, other agencies and organizations that have an interest in the well being of the MCH and CYSHCN populations, families, practitioners, and the community.
There will be multiple opportunities for stakeholders to provide input into the needs assessment. In June, MDH will conduct a survey of priority needs. The survey will be web-based, but will also be available in other formats to assure the broadest possible participation. In late 2009, MDH will convene day-long stakeholder consensus meeting to narrow the priorities for each of the three population groups.
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