MCH Needs Assessment

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, specifically the Family Health Section in the Bureau of Community Health Promotion of the Division of Public Health, is responsible for carrying out the Title V Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Block Grant functions. As a recipient of the federal block grant,  Wisconsin is required to complete a statewide needs assessment every five years and develop a plan of action for addressing priorities identified during the process.

We Need Your Input!

Wisconsin's MCH Program is currently in the midst of a 5-year Needs Assessment to identify new priorities for 2016-2020. We are actively collecting information, opinions, and perspectives from partners and consumers across the state that care about maternal, child, and family health in Wisconsin. The information collected will help guide strategies and activities for Wisconsin's Maternal and Child Health Program over the next 5 years. Please consider providing your valuable input by completing a brief Public Input Tool. (NOTE: Comments received are summarized and respondents are not identified.)

2011-2015 Needs Assessment

The vision of Wisconsin’s Title V MCH leaders was to involve the community of interest and stakeholders in a data driven process to bridge the needs of women, infants, children (including children with special health care needs) and the strategies for their solution. The Wisconsin Title V MCH Program embraced the unique opportunity the needs assessment process provided to implement statewide results-based accountability strategies to improve the health of the maternal & child health populations. As such, the needs assessment was conducted as part of a larger comprehensive strategic planning effort which not only identified priorities, but also provided a roadmap for guiding local and state public health activities to address the priorities.

Executive Summary (PDF,22 KB)

Full Report (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Methodology Report (PDF, 94 KB)

2011-2015 Priorities

Plan to Address Priorities 

Wisconsin First Step
Information and links to services for children and youth with special needs, their families and providers. Call (800) 642-7837 to speak with a parent specialist. Information is available on services such as Birth to 3/early intervention, financial assistance, parent networking and support, home health care, therapy services, CYSHCN Regional Centers and more.

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Hotline
Information and links to services for pregnant and postpartum women and children. Call (800) 722-2295 for information on BadgerCare Plus, WIC, HealthCheck, maternal depression, Prenatal Care Coordination, family planning, developmental screenings, and more.

Last Revised: May 19, 2015