The framework of conducting the Needs Assessment was developed based on literature review of methodologies from past Title V NA reviews, Iowa’s previous NA process, comments from federal reviewers on previous NAs, and the guidance and resources provided by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) at Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Title V Needs Assessment workgroup developed a vision and mission statements to guide the NA process.
Families in Iowa are safe, healthy, and connected.
To ensure that mothers, infants, children and youth in Iowa, including children and youth with special health care needs, and their families have access to the resources needed to thrive in their communities.
Health Equity Mission:
To work to eliminate differences in health among ethnic, racial and other population groups who have low income or have historically had less access, power or privilege.
Health Equity Advisory Committee
The Health Equity Advisory Committee (HEAC) advised the project overall and assisted with the recruitment of underrepresented populations. HEAC members were recruited utilizing a variety of strategies including internet searches for organizations serving the target population, outreach through community organizations including known organizations working with priority populations, local Title V Agencies and networking through professional and personal relationships. For the Key Informant Conversations, facilitators were recruited through HEAC members and participants were recruited by facilitators, utilizing a variety of strategies including social media, outreach through community organizations (including Title V Agencies), relationships/networking with facilitators and/or HEAC members