MCH Priority Needs
From fiscal years 2009 through 2010, a statewide Maternal and Child Health (MCH) needs assessment was performed by ADPH's Bureau of Family Health Services and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Children’s Rehabilitation Service.
The needs assessment was performed in partnership with ADPH staff from several bureaus or centers, each of ADPH's 11 Public Health Areas, each of Children’s Rehabilitation Service’s 15 District Offices, and many other groups.
Comments, questions, or concerns, as well as requests for the full report of the needs assessment, are welcome and may be submitted to Anita J. Cowden, DrPH, at (334) 206-5943.
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The full needs assessment report can be accessed online from the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau's Title V Information System.
An overarching purpose of the needs assessment was to identify 10 MCH priority needs:
- Increase access to culturally competent care coordination services for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), including transition planning as appropriate.
- Promote access to a medical home and to basic health care for children, youth, and women of childbearing age.
- Promote positive youth development to reduce high risk behaviors in adolescents.
- Reduce the prevalence of obesity among children, youth, and women of childbearing age.
- Reduce the prevalence of violent behavior, including homicide and suicide, committed by or against children, youth, and women.
- Reduce infant mortality, especially among African Americans.
- Increase family and youth participation in CYSHCN policy-making through support services and education/training.
- Promote access to community-based services for CYSHCN and families (including respite care, recreational opportunities, transportation, child care, and school-based services) through education, awareness, advocacy, and linking families with local resources.
- Promote access to a dental home and to preventive and restorative dental care for children, youth, and women of childbearing age.
- Promote access to mental health services for children, youth, and women of childbearing age.
*For Title V planning purposes, "children and youth with special health care needs" are children and youth who have or are at increased risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions; and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children and youth generally.