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For Release: April 14, 2009
Contact: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications

Public Input Sought for Title V Maternal and Child Health Needs Assessment

Officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) are seeking input from the public regarding the health needs of pregnant women, mothers, infants and children in the state. Beginning April 2009, Maternal and Child Health Service (MCH) will send out an online survey to assess the greatest needs of Oklahoma’s pregnant women, mothers, infants and children, including children with special health care needs.

Public input is needed for the development of a state plan for services funded through the MCH Block Grant (Title V of the Social Security Act) for the 2010-2014 fiscal years. This grant provides federal funds for the Title V MCH program, whose primary goal is to improve the health status of pregnant women, mothers, infants, and children, including children with special health care needs.

Funds from the block grant assure that these groups, particularly those with low income or with limited availability of services, have access to quality health care services for pregnant women, mothers, infants and children in Oklahoma. The feedback received will help shape the future of Oklahoma and the Title V program by determining the greatest needs presently facing women, children, and families in Oklahoma.

This is an anonymous survey. There is a space in the survey to list contact information, if follow up is desired. Access the online survey at www.health.ok.gov and click on Title V Needs Assessment Survey under “News & Alerts.” Hard copies of the survey are also available by contacting Judy Nelson at (405) 271-6761 or email JudyN@health.ok.gov.

The survey will be open until May 31 and results from the statewide survey will be available online after Aug.1, 2009.




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