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Follow our Progress on the 2015 Needs Assessment Process

The Ohio Department of Health receives approximately 22 million dollars annually from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) to administer a Maternal and Child Health Block Grant (MCH BG). The purpose of the MCH BG is to improve the health status of reproductive age women, infants, children, and children with special health care needs. Every five years, states are required by the legislation that authorizes the MCH BG (Title V of the Social Security Act) to prepare a statewide needs assessment. The next statewide needs assessment will be submitted in July, 2015. Each state’s assessment will identify the need for:

  • Preventive and primary care services for pregnant women, mothers and infants;
  • Preventive and primary care services for children; and 
  • Services for children with special health care needs.

The needs assessment incorporates a life course approach and socio-ecological framework to highlight the importance of positive interventions at sensitive developmental periods and address social and environmental determinants critical in improving outcomes and reducing health disparities.

The updated fact sheets found in the four population groups below are part of the data and information that will be used to assist groups of policy-makers, consumers and providers throughout the state to begin the process of identifying the highest priority health-related needs in Ohio’s MCH populations.

Want to be a part of the FFY2015 Needs Assessment Process?

Submit your name, contact information and/or organization you represent, and we will invite you to participate.

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Division of Family and Community Health Services
246 North High Street Columbus, Ohio 43215

Telephone: (614) 466-3263
Fax: (614) 564-2423


Last Updated:   10/28/13