Title V / Maternal and Child Health legislation requires each state and jurisdiction to conduct a state-wide, comprehensive needs assessment every five years to inform Blockgrant planning. Stakeholder engagement is a key planning component of the 5-year Needs Assessment. Engaging youth and young adults in the 5-Year needs assessment is essential to shape adolescent health specific programming, as well as to understand intersections of issues and programming along the life course. Many states engaged youth in needs assessments (and other state level planning efforts) through focus groups and through partnerships with other youth-serving organizations and agencies.
Alabama (Blockgrant Needs Assessment)
Statewide 5-Year Maternal and Child Health Needs Assessment Alabama Fiscal Year 2009-10 (Focus on Children with Special Health Care needs) details focus groups (pages 48 and 53)and surveys (page 34) with youth with special health care needs including methodology and questions asked.
Iowa (Blockgrant Needs Assessment)
Iowa’s Maternal and Child Health Services Title V Block Grant Iowa FY 2019 Application/ FY 2017 Annual Report briefly describes focus groups conducted to further understand the needs of this population.
Kansas (Blockgrant Needs Assessment)
Adolescent health needs assessment report prepared by the Kansas Adolescent Health Project for inclusion in the Kansas Title V MCH Plan (2016-2020), includes description of focus groups with youth (p18) and questions used/discussed (starting on p19).
Nebraska (Blockgrant Needs Assessment)
Nebraska Adolescent Health Advisory Committee Youth 2015 Focus Group Report describes focus groups with youth to inform Title V/MCH Blockgrant needs assessment, and includes a focus group facilitation guide and questions.
New Jersey (State level programming)
Student Focus Group Facilitation Tips (2010) for the Coordinated School Health Demonstration Project Learning Partner Schools includes a facilitation guide and tips for leading youth focus groups, active listening guide, parent letter, focus group recording document, and sample questions/format from the New Jersey Coordinated School Health Demonstration Project.
New York(State level programming)
The New York MCH program has engaged youth through focus groups specifically with homeless and runaway youth to shape teen pregnancy prevention and broad youth-focused programming, through an extensive partnership with the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence. Download a 35 page packet of NY Focus Group tools, including tools, protocol, questions, consent forms, and note-taking forms/tools.
North Carolina(State level programming)
In 2013, the NC Division of Public Health convened youth focus groups around the state to explore strategies to promote adolescent health in the community and inform the work of the recently established NCDPH Adolescent Health Resource Center. The effort was showcased in a 2014 NNSAHC webinar on youth engagement in state public health intiatiives. View the webinar slides, and download this 8 page Focus Group Packet including recruitment letters, consent form, and focus group facilitators’ guide)
North Dakota (Blockgrant Needs Assessment)
The ND 2009 Title V Maternal Health Needs Assessment details a series of focus groups conducted with youth ages 14-17; young adults ages 18-24; and parents of children with special health care needs to inform the 2011-2015 Title V blockgrant assessment. Includes: methodology, questions used, IRB approval letter, and sample consent forms.
Washington (State level programming)
Adolescent Health in Washington State Assessment to Promote Teen Health and Success provides an overview of focus groups conducted with parents and teens to assess the needs of adolescents and develop resources to meet their needs and promote healthy, successful teen lifestyles. Includes methodology, questions asked and focus group reports.
Wyoming (Blockgrant Needs Assessment)
Between March and May 2014, the WY MCH program engaged youth through 10 community meetings around the state as part of a strategy to solicit youth input for the next Title V five-year needs assessment. The effort was showcased in a 2014 NNSAHC webinar on youth engagement in state public health initiatives, view the webinar overview.