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From Assessing Needs to Taking Action

Organization: Regents of the University of California San Francisco

Primary Contact: Jennifer Rienks

Grant Amount: $55,699 for 12 months

Date Awarded:


California children with special health care needs (CSHCN) and their families receive health care and support services from state agencies that are funded in part through a federal Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant. Every five years, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau conducts a needs assessment to monitor the progress of the Title V programs it funds. The objective of this project is to determine how and why progress has been slow or hindered on the implementation of Action Plans established through the last four needs assessments in California, and to make recommendations for improving progress toward better care.

Related Resources

The Family Health Outcomes Project at the University of California San Francisco conducted a case study to examine what was and was not accomplished following previous needs assessments of California Children’s Services, one of the programs funded in part by Title V. The author offers strategies and recommendations to ensure that progress is made on the priorities raised by stakeholders who participate in future needs assessment cycles.