Pennsylvania Health Department Announces Five-Year Needs and Capacity Assessment Regional Prioritization Events

Every five years, Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant requires that the Bureau of Family Health conduct a state-level, comprehensive assessment of the health status of women, birthing people, children, adolescents, and children and youth with special health care needs to identify the priority health needs that will guide state and local public health work funded by Title V. During this assessment, the Bureau of Family Health also evaluates its capacity to serve the maternal and child health populations. The results from the assessment will be used to identify seven to 10 specific priorities that can be positively impacted by strategic public health work over the next five years. State and local Title V staff will identify and implement evidence-based strategies with the goal of making a positive impact on the selected priorities and the health of the maternal and child health populations.

Over the next four months, the Bureau of Family Health will be hosting in-person and virtual regional events across Pennsylvania to engage maternal and child health stakeholders, including providers, service recipients and their families, and anyone interested in maternal and child health in Pennsylvania in discussions about health needs in Pennsylvania and how to prioritize those needs for the next five years.

Please join us at the event in your region and share your voice!


Tuesday January 30, 2024, 10 AM @ The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd, State College, PA 16803 Registration Link and Flyer[pdf]


Tuesday February 13, 2024, 10 AM @ The Community Center at Camp Hill GIANT, 3301 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill, PA 17011 Registration Link and Flyer[pdf]


Thursday, March 7, 2024, 3 PM @ The Community Center at Willow Grove GIANT, 315 York Rd. Willow Grove, PA 19090 Registration Link and Flyer[pdf]


Thursday, March 14, 2024, 3 PM @ The Woodlands Inn, Ascend Hotel Collection, 1073 Hwy 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 Registration Link and Flyer[pdf]


Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 3 PM @ The Ambassador Banquet & Conference Center, 7794 Peach St., Erie, PA 16509 Registration Link and Flyer[pdf]


Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 3 PM @ The Kovalchick Convention & Athletic Complex, 711 Pratt Dr., Indiana, PA 15705 Registration Link and Flyer[pdf]

A meal will be provided at each event, and we request that you pre-register if you are planning to attend.

The attached flyers provide additional details, please share with others who may be interested in attending!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is registration required to attend an event? We strongly encourage you to pre-register if you intend to join us at an event so that we can plan accordingly. Please register by clicking on the registration link associated with the date you plan to attend or sending an email to RA‑ indicating which event you will be attending.
  • Can clients/service recipients attend these events to provide input? Absolutely! These will be family friendly events, and all are welcome. We welcome the participation of clients, service recipients and their families. Parents and caregivers, families with special needs, birthing people and their partners, and youth are all welcome to participate. Maternal and child healthcare and other professionals, and organizations serving this population in Pennsylvania are also welcome to share their thoughts! We are relying on providers and partners to share information about these events with the families that they serve. We greatly appreciate your assistance!
  • Can we post these flyers in our office and/or send them to our own email distribution lists? Yes! Please share widely and advertise these events as you see fit. We have attached a flyer for each in-person event.
  • These events are not convenient for me. Can I still provide input? We will be holding two virtual events between January and April 2024. Information about those events will be sent out in the coming weeks. If you are not able to attend any of the events, please complete the online prioritization survey which will be sent at later date, or you can send comments via email to RA‑ or via mail to Department of Health, Bureau of Family Health, Attn. Title V Health Priorities, 625 Forster St., 7th Floor East, Health & Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

If you have any questions about these events or other aspects of the Title V Five Year Needs and Capacity Assessment, please contact Morgan Williams-Fake at and Caryn Decker at