MCH Block Grant Priorities
Every five years, a comprehensive needs assessment of the maternal and child health (MCH) population is required as part of the MCH Block Grant application. This assessment includes collecting and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data, which are utilized to identify priority issues for the following five-year grant cycle.
Stakeholders are engaged throughout the process, from identifying data sources to developing an action plan that addresses the chosen priorities. Tennessee completed its last comprehensive needs assessment in 2015. During the years between comprehensive assessments, an ongoing needs assessment is completed. This includes monitoring all outcome and performance measures and making changes to the priorities based on emerging issues.
States are required to have at least one priority in each of the population domains defined in the grant. The priorities for the current grant cycle are listed below by population domain.
|Women's and Maternal Health||Increase Preventive Care for Women
Decrease Pregnancy Smoking
|Perinatal and Infant Health||
Decrease Infant Mortality
Increase Developmental Screening
Decrease Overweight and Obesity
|Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)||
Increase Medical Home/Transition
|Crosscutting and Life Course