Maternal and Child Health Strategic Plan

Vermont’s strategic plan for maternal and child health represents key priorities for the next several years. While this is not a comprehensive list of all of our programs, it addresses program areas where we hope to expand and measures of health that we seek to improve. The Maternal and Child Health strategic plan is aligned with the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant framework.

Maternal and Child Health Strategic Plan

Vermont maternal and child health priority areas and 5-year (2015 to 2020) performance measures:

Women’s/Maternal Health
Priority area: Ensure optimal health prior to pregnancy
Performance measure: % of women with a past year preventive medical visit

Perinatal/Infant Health
Priority area: Promote optimal infant health and development
Performance measures: % of infants who are ever breastfed; % of infants breastfed exclusively through 6 months

Child Health
Priority area: Achieve a comprehensive, coordinated, and integrated state and community system of services for children
Performance measure: % of children, ages 10 through 71 months, receiving a developmental screening using a parent-completed screening tool

Priority area: Children live in safe and supported communities
Performance measure: Rate of hospitalization for non-fatal injury per 100,000 children ages 0 through 9 and adolescents ages 10 through 19

Children with Special Health Care Needs
Priority area: Achieve a comprehensive, coordinated, and integrated state and community system of services for children
Performance measure: % of children with and without special health care needs having a medical home

Adolescent Health
Priority area: Youth choose healthy behaviors and thrive
Performance measure: % of adolescents, ages 12 through 17, with a preventive medical visit in the past year

Priority area: Youth choose healthy behaviors and thrive 
Performance measure: % of adolescents that feel they matter to people in their community

Lifecourse/Cross-cutting
Priority area: Reduce the risk of chronic disease across the lifespan
Performance measures: % of women who had a dental visit during pregnancy; % of children, ages 1 through 17, who had a preventive dental visit in the past year

Priority area: Reduce the risk of chronic disease across the lifespan
Performance measures: % of women who smoke during pregnancy; % of children who live in households where someone smokes

Priority area: Promote protective factors and resiliency among Vermont’s families
Performance measure: % of children 6 month to 5 years who are flourishing

Priority area: Achieve a coordinated mental health system for children, youth, and pregnant women
Performance measure: % of women who discussed with a doctor, nurse, or other health care worker during a prenatal care visit about what to do if she feels depressed during her pregnancy or after her baby is born

Read more on Vermont's Action Plan to achieve these performance measures.