MCH Priority Areas

Every five years, the state performs a needs assessment. In this process, a large group of stakeholders reviews state-level data and identifies areas of need to focus on for the next five years. This last occurred in 2010. Through this process, these priority areas were identified:

  • Childhood overweight/obesity
  • Unintentional injury among Tennesseans age 1-24
  • Infant mortality
  • Asthma care
  • Tobacco use
  • Transition planning for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN)
  • MCH workforce capacity

Based on these priority areas, the following specific state performance measures were developed:

Priority Measure

Tennessee Performance

National Benchmark

Data Source

Reduce the number of sleep-related deaths among infants.

131 (2010) N/A

Department of Health Child Fatality Review

Reduce the percentage of obesity and overweight among Tennessee K-12 students

21.9% (2008-09)

(Healthy People 2020 NWS-10.4)

Department of Education, Office of Coordinated School Health

Reduce smoking among women of childbearing age (18-44).

21.7% (2010)


(Healthy People 2020 MICH-16.3)

CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Reduce emergency department visits due to asthma for children 1-4 years of age.

1,827 per 100,000 children (2010)

955 per 100,000 children

(Healthy People 2020 RD 3.1)

Department of Health Division of Health Statistics

Increase the number of MCH staff who have completed a self-assessment and based on the assessment have identified and completed a module in the MCH Navigator system.

New Measure

None exists

Documentation by Regional MCH Staff and reported to Central Office

Increase the percentage of youth (14 and older) enrolled in the state CYSHCN program (Children’s Special Services) who have formal plans for transition to adulthood.

New Measure


(Healthy People 2020 DH-5)

Department of Health Patient Tracking and Billing Management Information System (PTBMIS)