258699 Women's Health Priority Needs and Measures in the Title V 2010 Needs Assessments: State Integration of a Life Course Framework in MCH Planning

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Vivian Gabor, MPH , Gabor & Associates Consulting, Bethesda, MD
Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, PhD , HRSA Office of Women's Health, Rockville, MD
Jennifer Pooler, MPP , Community Health Systems Group, Altarum Institute, Portland, ME
Background: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is exploring the integration of a life course perspective into Title V strategic planning efforts. In 2010, HRSA funded a study to assess how women's health is incorporated into Title V MCH Block Grant program planning. Methods: Information was abstracted from the 2010 Title V needs assessments and annual reporting documents and coded to assess State priority needs and performance measures related to women's health. Women's Health State Title V Profiles, an online resource to support further state work in this area, were also developed. Key findings include: •56 States and Jurisdictions included one or more women's health-related priority needs. •Most commonly identified needs included weight status/BMI, family planning, oral health, domestic violence, injury/violence, nutrition and physical activity, and tobacco use. • 46 Title V agencies developed at least one performance or outcome measure focused on women health at various life stages. •States are primarily using the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and Vital Statistics to document women's health-related needs. Conclusion: The study findings provide an opportunity to further the integration of a women's health life course perspective into State MCH planning.


Learning Areas:
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe how States Title V Needs Assessments are prioritizing women's health needs and measuring progress toward meeting these needs, as part of a life course approach to MCH program planning. Identify the most common women's health topic areas States are prioritizing in their State MCH Planning documents. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of existing data sources to measure progress in women's health at the state level.

Keywords: Women's Health, Needs Assessment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I served as the project manager on the study findings being presented, as well as other studies and evaluations related to maternal, adolescent, and child health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.