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 Title V Five-Year Needs Assessment


Title V legislation requires each state and jurisdiction to conduct a state-wide, comprehensive needs assessment every five years. The needs assessment process is a useful tool for strategic planning, strategic decision-making, and resource allocation. It also provides a way for Title V programs to benchmark where they are and assess progress over a five-year period.


Visit the MCH Needs Assessment Toolkit for a comprehensive list of trainings, resources, and examples.

Need Technical Assistance?

AMCHP offers needs assessment technical assistance, including connecting states/territories with peer coaches and resources. Visit our Technical Assistance Page to complete the form and an AMCHP staff member will be in touch with you within 48 hours.

AMCHP Needs Assessment Trainings 


 2019 Trainings

​​To assist states or jurisdictions in preparing their assessments, AMCHP has hosted a series of virtual trainings and webinars to provide guidance on the needs assessment process. Explore the Needs Assessment Toolkit to access these and other resources. For quick links, see below: 

2019 Webinars 

 Training Archives

2014 Webinars

Title V Five-Year Needs Assessment Webinar

This training provided an overview of the needs assessment process with a presentation from Donna Petersen, ScD, MHS, CPH, Dean for the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. Dr. Petersen presented on the "Nuts and Bolts of the Five Year Needs Assessment," followed by a state-in-action example from Massachusetts. The Massachusetts MCH team shared their strategies, resources and lessons learned from conducting the five-year needs assessment process.


Nuts and Bolts of Using Data Webinar

The training featured Caroline Stampfel, MPH, currently the Associate Director, Epidemiology and Evaluation at AMCHP and formerly an MCH Lead Analyst with the Virginia Title V program, on using data in the needs assessment process. Ms. Stampfel's presentation was followed by two states-in-action profiles, Rhode Island and Alaska, who shared their data strategies, resources and lessons learned from conducting the five-year needs assessment process. 



Stakeholder Engagement Webinar

This training featured provided strategies on how to orient stakeholders with start and end goals. The webinar also provided state-in-action examples from Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming about their strategies for stakeholder engagements, such as how to engage your local nonprofit hospitals and use its community health assessment to contribute to the needs assessment process that is now mandated by the Affordable Care Act.


Children and Youth With Special Healthcare Needs Engagement Resources

Identifying State Priority Needs Webinar

The State Priority needs webinar served as an excellent opportunity for participants to hear from their peers on how they conducted their needs assessments in their Title V programs. On this webinar, participants heard firsthand from Kansas and New Mexico, who shared their strategies for identifying priorities in their CYSHCN and Title V programs, resources, and lessons learned from aligning their priorities to both the eight National Performance Measures as well as selecting State Performance Measures.​​​


 Other AMCHP Resources

​CAST 5 Overview Capacity Assessment for State Title V (CAST-5) is a set of assessment and planning tools designed to assist state Title V programs in examining their organizational capacity to carry out core maternal and child health (MCH) functions. Visit the overview page for more details and forms to use in your needs assessment. 

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