The goal of the MCAH program is to improve the health of Mono County's women of reproductive age, infants, children, adolescents and their families. Funding for this program comes from the federal Title V Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant. The grant involves partnership on the federal, state, and local level, and allows flexibility for local counties to address the unique needs of their MCAH populations.
Every five years the MCAH program is required to complete a community needs assessment, reviewing the health and wellness of women, children, and families residing in Mono County. As part of this assessment, community input was gathered via the Mono County Health Survey to help guide future work and improve the health of local residents.
The following was evident from the Mono County Health Survey:
- Some community members have a difficult time obtaining dental care.
- Residents believe that overweight and obesity is a local concern and should be addressed.
- Some local infants are put in unsafe sleep environments, increasing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
To see respondents' suggestions of how the MCAH program can address these concerns, please see the Mono County Health Survey Results document. The next step will be to meet with other organizations and agencies to determine which community recommendations can realistically be implemented taking into account local capacity, funding, and resources.