Maternal Child Health Needs Assessment
The Title V legislation requires the state of Nebraska, as part of the Application, to prepare and transmit a statewide Needs Assessment every five years that identifies (consistent with the health status goals and national health objectives) the need for:
- Preventive and primary care services for pregnant women, mothers and infants up to age one;
- Preventive and primary care services for children; and
- Services for children with special health care needs.
Findings from the Five-year Needs Assessment serve as a cornerstone for the development of a five-year Action Plan for the state Title V program. The Needs Assessment findings should inform the selection of the state’s seven to ten highest priority needs for its MCH and CSHCN populations. Selected priority needs should reflect the work of the state’s Title V program and address areas in which the supported services can have direct impact on the state and federal MCH priorities.
MERC’s evaluation support for this project includes finalizing approximately 20 fact sheets from numerous data sources including national and statewide surveys, as well as from department health records (e.g. vital statistics, hospitalizations). This will be accomplished through coordinating, cross checking, and validating accuracy of data in order to update and finalize fact sheets to be presented to numerous stakeholder audiences in 2020.
Jennifer RuttEVALUATION PROJECT MANAGER
METHODOLOGY AND EVALUATION RESEARCH CORE FACILITY AT SBSRC