The State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) was launched in 1993 by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to complement the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Program and to combine the efforts of State MCH and Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) entities. SSDI continues to focus grant resources on the Title V MCH Block Grant Health Systems Capacity Indicator (HSCI) #9(A): The ability of States to assure that the Maternal and Child Health program and Title V agency (Mississippi State Department of Health) have access to policy and program relevant information and data. This is accomplished by means of implementing data linkages, providing epidemiological and statistical support for MCH programs, and the administration of health surveys and ongoing needs assessment.
The goal of this project is to improve Mississippi's data capacity, assuring that critical issues in maternal and child health are identified and addressed through program and policy decisions.
The SSDI improves the accuracy and effectiveness of program information in the following areas:
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