Maternal & Child Health Needs Assessment
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services compiles a maternal and child health (MCH) needs assessment document every five years. The needs assessment is an ongoing process that combines information from a variety of sources on maternal and child health throughout the state. Parents and public health professionals contribute perspective about MCH resources and the health of mothers, children, and families in their communities. Data from health surveys and vital statistics are used to describe and analyze the prevalence of health conditions, risk factors, positive developments, and trends over time.
The final needs assessment is used to identify the statewide maternal and child health priority areas and is submitted to the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a part of the Title V (MCH) Block Grant requirements.
You can find more information on the needs assessment and the Title V Block Grant requirements on the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's website, as well as links to other states' block grant applications and needs assessments. The MCH Bureau's website is located at: http://mchb.hrsa.gov/.
- Access to Care
- Alcohol Tobacco and Drug Use
- Births Overview
- Child Safety and Unintentional Injury
- Children with Special Health Care Needs
- Family and Community Environment
- Labor and Delivery
- Low Birth Weight and Preterm Birth
- Mental Health
- Newborn Screening
- Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity
- Oral Health
- Preconception Health
- Secondhand Smoke Exposure
- Smoking During Pregnancy
- Unintended Pregnancy