School of Public Health

New Initiative Helps States Take Evidence-Based Action

March 2016

State Title V Programs can now access environmental scans, technical assistance, and the support of a team of maternal and child health (MCH) experts through the Strengthen the Evidence project.

The project, with funding and oversight from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is led by the Women’s and Children’s Health Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University in collaboration with the Welch Medical Library and the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). The initiative supports the implementation of the MCH Block Grant transformation and reinforces evidence-based or evidence-informed strategy development.

The Strengthen the Evidence project website provides environmental scans that identify compilations of strategies that correspond to each of the national performance measures (NPM). “These are a bird’s eye view of strategies,” said Stephanie Garcia, who coordinates the project. “They provide a starting point for states to consider an array of possible strategies. ” Each of the environmental scans also highlights selected landmark initiatives related to the NPM. Currently underway are a series of evidence reviews that will evaluate the effectiveness of possible strategies to impact the NPMs.

States can also request individualized consultation through the website. As appropriate, the Strengthen the Evidence team will connect interested Title V programs to other discretionary grantees with expertise related to the NPMs.

The Strengthen the Evidence team recently launched the MCH Digital Library. The library provides access to current MCH evidence as well as selected historical materials from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

Over the next three years, the Strengthen the Evidence team will continue to provide support and resources to assist State Title V programs in promoting the health of their maternal and child health populations.