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MCH Priority Needs

From fiscal years 2014 through 2015, a statewide Maternal and Child Health (MCH) needs assessment was performed by ADPH's Bureau of Family Health Services (FHS) and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services’ Children’s Rehabilitation Service (CRS). FHS's tasks pertained to assessing needs of infants, children and youth, women of childbearing age, and their families. CRS's activities focused on assessing needs of children with special health care needs (CSHCN) and their families. 

FHS's portion of the needs assessment was performed by ADPH through a contractual agreement with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health's Health Care Organization and Policy Department to administer two web-based surveys, convene 11 focus group meetings, complete nine key informant interviews to facilitate the collection of qualitative data and by utilizing FHS's MCH Epidemiology Branch (MCH Epi) to complete data analysis of quantitative data from existing databases.  CRS entered into agreements with Family Voices of Alabama and the School of Public Health at UAB to assist in their needs assessment process.

Comments, questions, or concerns, as well as requests for the Executive Summary of the needs assessment, are welcome and may be submitted at the link below.

Email Maternal and Child Health Services

An overarching purpose of the needs assessment was to identify nine MCH priority needs:

  • Lack of or inadequate access to comprehensive reproductive and well woman health care.
  • Lack of awareness of and trust in safe sleep recommendations.
  • Desire to maintain and strengthen regionalized perinatal care.
  • Low rates of preventive health and developmental screening for children.
  • Low rates of preventive health and developmental screening for adolescents.
  • Inadequate and insufficient health education and outreach pertaining to oral health.
  • Inadequate health and dental insurance for all Title V populations.
  • Lack of or inadequate access for CSCHN to family-centered, coordinated, ongoing comprehensive care within a medical home.
  • Lack of or inadequate access to services necessary for CSHCN to transition to all aspects of adult life.

*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.

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