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Information Needed for the South Dakota Maternal Child Health Needs Assessment

The South Dakota Department of Health Office of Child and Family Services is seeking help to gather information about the health needs of women, children, and youth including those with special health care needs, and their families.

The survey includes South Dakotans and those who participate in the survey will be asked to provide the following:

What: Complete a short survey to help the DOH understand and address the health needs of women, children, and youth including those with special health care needs, and their families.

How: The needs assessment will assess factors that affect the health of women, children, and youth including those with special health care needs, and their families. Factors will include health risk behaviors and disease outcomes, income, disability status, gender, geography, race/ethnicity, and educational level.  Assessing these factors is important to consider because different strategies require varying levels of individual or community effort and resources to achieve health equity.

Why: The data being collected is not research, rather findings from the survey will inform long-term planning and programming for the Department of Health Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) programs to better support the health needs of South Dakota women, children and youth including those with special health care needs and their families.

Who: Who should get involved?

  • Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) Program Staff
  • Population served by OCFS programs: Parents, families, children, including underserved and disparate populations, such as tribes, rural, low-income
  • Partner organizations whose reach includes populations served by OCFS programs across the life course

For more information on the survey, click here.

If you would like to receive a paper version of the survey, email DOHMCHBG@state.sd.us or call 605-773-3361.

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