Tri-County Health Department MCH Environmental Scan and Needs Assessment

Dates: 2015-2016

State: Colorado

Client(s): Tri-County Health Department

Service: Applied Research & Evaluation

Technical Expertise: Health Care Reform, Health Disparities, Maternal and Child Health, Primary Care, Safety Net, State and Local Public Health

Investing in the health and well-being of children, youth, and women is essential to increasing healthy birth outcomes, strong families, and improving overall community health. Approximately 50% of Colorado’s residents are children and youth ages 0-21, children and youth with special health care needs, and females ages 15-44—indicating a strong need to support and address disparities in maternal and child health.

Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) serving the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas, Colorado is embarking on a needs assessment for their maternal and child health (MCH) program to plan for their 2016-2020 activities. TCHD contracted with JSI to conduct two activities to inform their MCH plans: 1) compile an environmental scan of current MCH-focused work at the national, state, and local levels and 2) develop a work plan for two community meetings in each county served by TCHD to solicit input regarding local needs.