The Oregon Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Needs Assessment occurs every five years. The most recent assessment process occurred in 2009-2010.
The Needs Assessment activities provide analysis of the health status of women and children, identify priority health needs, and adopt measures to monitor improvement. The assessment is helpful to drive decisions in assigning state and local resources and program goals and objectives for implementation from through 2016.
The Needs Assessment is a requirement of the federal Title V MCH Block Grant, annually appropriated by Congress to all states, and is being conducted jointly by the Title V Program in the Oregon Public Health Division and the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs (OCCSYHN).
Read the final report submitted to the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (pdf).
The Title V Information System provides access to the needs assessments of all the Title V Agencies in the U.S.
The 2011 Five- Year Needs Assessment methods included a variety of data collection activities and dialoging with stakeholders and community partners. The goals of these efforts were to find leading problems and goals among stakeholders. The Maternal and Child Health Evaluation and Assessment Unit are the leaders in conducting the assessment and the ongoing follow up. The five-year assessment provides the priorities and baseline data sources.
Presentation to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau grant reviewers provides a comprehensive overview of the process and findings.
For more details about the assessment methods, contact the MCH Assessment and Evaluation Unit: Kathleen Anger Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org, 971-673-0257.
Final priority goals for the five-year cycle 2011-2016 were selected to highlight the importance and effectiveness of population-based health strategies across the life course of families during their child-bearing and childhood stages.
The ten priority goals for Oregon’s MCH Block Grant are:
Women before and between pregnancies
- Improve Oregon’s systems and services for screening women for domestic and sexual violence (DSV) and for linking those affected by DSV to adequate services.
- Decrease the risk of lifetime dependence on alcohol for teens and adults.
Pregnant women, mothers and infants
- Improve Oregon's systems and services to identify, treat and support women with perinatal mental health disorders and support their infants and families.
Children ages 0 to 3 years
Children ages 1 to 9 years
- Increase the percent of children aged 4 years and under who have a preventive dental visit each year.
- Improve the state’s capacity for supporting parents in building parent skills and for linking parents to resources.
Children and adolescents ages 10-24
- Increase the percent of children/adolescents with a healthy body weight.
- Increase access to preventive physical and mental health services.
Children and youth with special health needs
- Increase linkages to mental health services for children and youth with special health needs.
- Increase access to specialized health and related services for underserved populations of children and youth with special health care needs.
- Increase access to family support services among families of children and youth with special health needs.
Download table summarizing the needs, goals and performance measures.
The Title V Programs in OFH and the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs would like to hear your thoughts or ideas about these priorities or tell a story about how Title V might be making a difference in community.
Maternal and Child Health Data Book (updated as of January 2010)
- All data (for reference when completing the prioritization tool)
For more information
Molly Emmons, MPA
Title V Coordinator
Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division