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MCH Block Grant Priorities

Needs Assessment

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.

The 2020 needs assessment is currently underway.  Click on the links below to view the quantitative data for each population domain.

Women's and Maternal Health

Perinatal and Infant Health

Child Health

Adolescent Health

Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs

Priorities (2016-2020)

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.


Population Domain Priority
Women's and Maternal Health Increase Preventive Care for Women
Decrease Pregnancy Smoking
Perinatal and Infant Health

Decrease Infant Mortality

Child Health

Increase Developmental Screening
Decrease Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Decrease Overweight and Obesity
Decrease Injury (Unintentional and Intentional)
Decrease Secondhand Smoke Exposure

Adolescent Health

Decrease Overweight and Obesity
Decrease Injury (Unintentional and Intentional)

Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)

Increase Medical Home/Transition

Crosscutting and Life Course
(Optional Domain)

None Selected