Vermont’s Title V Maternal and Child Health Needs Assessment and State Action Plan
Core funding for Vermont’s Maternal and Child Health division comes from the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Title V —the Nation’s oldest federal-state partnership—aims to improve the health and well-being of people, particularly parents, and children.
Every five years, Vermont must complete a comprehensive needs assessment of maternal and child health programming, services, resources and priorities. This needs assessment was last completed in 2015.
Below are links to selected sections of Vermont’s Title V application:
Title X is the only federal grant program dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services. For more than 45 years, Title X-funded health centers have provided high-quality cost-effective family planning and related preventive health services to low-income, under-insured and uninsured women and men who may otherwise lack access to health care. These health centers play a critical role in ensuring access to voluntary family planning information and services for their clients based on their ability to pay.
The 2015 Vermont Title X assessment process helps to ensure that the state’s safety net for sexual and reproductive health services continues to meet the family planning needs of Vermonters, particularly the most vulnerable. The findings and considerations from the Title X Needs Assessment guides the Vermont Department of Health and other stakeholders in the planning, programming, and provision of services to ensure a high quality family planning service delivery system. This report provides a demographic description of Vermont as it relates to family planning, a description of Vermont’s Title X family planning system, and a description of Vermont’s family planning and reproductive health services and population needs.
Sexual violence is a significant public health problem affecting millions of individuals in the United States and around the world. Vermont has a long established coordinated community response to sexual violence. Despite this, sexual violence in Vermont remains high. In an effort to stem the tide of violence, stakeholders convened to make recommendations for primary prevention in Vermont.
Vermont’s Plan to Address Sexual Violence through Primary Prevention seeks to achieve the vision that every Vermonter lives in a home and community that is free from sexual violence and the oppressions upon which it is based. Five goals were established:
- Youth and young adults ages 14-24 in schools, colleges, and community settings gain skills to prevent sexual violence.
- Communities employ positive social norms that deter and prevent sexual violence.
- Communities engage in sexual violence primary prevention.
- Vermont’s sexual and domestic violence system strengthens its capacity for effective prevention programming.
- Vermont colleges, universities and educational institutions have resources and leadership to engage in primary sexual violence prevention.
An annual State Plan of Program Operations and Administration for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is submitted to the US Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service for approval of program operations.
The most recent State Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2016, October 1, 2015-September 30, 2016, and a report on 2015 activities, provides goals, objectives, and activities for: vendor management, nutrition services, information systems, organization and management, nutrition services and administration expenditures, food funds management, caseload management, certification, eligibility and coordination of services, food delivery/food instrument accountability and control, monitoring and audits, and civil rights.
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It is the goal of the Vermont Department of Health and its partners to support Vermont families in meeting their breastfeeding goals. The following plan represents the strategic priorities we plan to undertake at a statewide and community level over the next years. It is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) best practice strategies and informed by partners in all sectors across Vermont.