Adolescence is a critical period of physical, psychological, and social development. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) works to address the needs of adolescents by promoting wellness and offering innovative solutions to address issues that adolescents may face. Trained adults and mentors can assist adolescents with setting goals, gaining life skills, and achieving lifelong success. The right supports at the right time can bring out an adolescent's natural desire to be active in society and their community. Engaging the adolescent population through community partnerships and making connections can reinforce protective factors, promote optimal health, and prevent risk-taking behaviors.
Health Needs Assessment
Conducting a needs assessment is a systematic process to acquire an accurate, thorough picture of the strengths and weaknesses of a state's public health system that can be used in response to the preventive and primary care service needs of youth and young adults.
The Title V Maternal and Child Block Grant requires states to conduct a statewide Needs Assessment every 5 years but are encouraged to gather continual feedback throughout the grant period. The primary goal of the needs assessment and other data-collecting documents is to improve youth and young adult health outcomes and to strengthen our State, local, and community partnerships for addressing the health needs of our adolescent population.
State Action Plan
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) priorities statewide, and aligned planning, require commitment and "shared" responsibility among the state Title V program, partnering state agencies, families/consumers, and other valued state and local programs partners.
Success with advancing these priorities lies in the strength of partnerships and willingness to align efforts and collectively impact outcomes.
2021 to 2025 Title V State Action Plan Priorities
- Women have access to and utilize integrated, holistic, patient-centered care before, during, and after pregnancy.
- All infants and families have support from strong community systems to optimize infant health and well-being.
- Children and families have access to and utilize developmentally appropriate services and support through collaborative and integrated communities.
- Adolescents and young adults have access to and utilize integrated, holistic, patient-centered care to support physical, social, and emotional health.
- Professionals have the knowledge, skills, and comfort to address the needs of maternal and child health populations.
- Communities, families, and providers have the knowledge, skills, and comfort to support transitions and empowerment opportunities.
- Strengths-based supports and services are available to promote healthy families and relationships.