MPHI facilitates Michigan’s needs assessment activities under the federal Maternal Child Health Block Grant (Title V). The Title V Block Grant supports states in identifying and addressing the most pressing needs among women, infants, children, and adolescents. In order to guide their efforts, states complete a large needs assessment every five years, as well as annual updates. MPHI’s Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) supports the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in assessing the state’s Maternal Child Health through designing and facilitating both the five year and annual needs assessment activities.
CHC’s approach to needs assessment under the Block Grant is participatory, relies on multiple levels and types of data, and engages partners from across the maternal child health system in interpreting data, identifying needs, and setting priorities. CHC guided the state-level needs assessment in 2015 using this approach, and guided all 45 local health departments through a needs assessment process in 2017. Other assessment activities have included identifying strengths and gaps in consumer engagement and establishing a performance monitoring strategy.