This issue brief provides insight into the critical role family and patient engagement plays in improving maternal and infant health outcomes. By looking at how New Jersey engaged mothers in its efforts to improve postpartum visit rates, and thus increase new mother wellness, this issue brief provides a road map for using patient and family engagement to optimize interventions.
This issue brief highlights Oklahoma and Tennessee's experiences assessing the economic impact of statewide perinatal health improvement initiatives. Their findings can help other states prove the return on investment of public health initiatives and make the case for future efforts.
The Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Framework is a revised version of the supplement to ASTHO’s 2015 issue brief, How State Health Departments Can Use the Spectrum of Prevention to Address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. The framework’s intent is to aid in structuring stakeholder discussions at the state level to better understand how collective efforts can prevent in-utero opioid exposure and impact the incidence of NAS.
This interactive toolkit allows users to learn from participants in the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN). Organized by topics from the initiative, this toolkit features change ideas, case studies, videos and key insights from teams who are working to reduce infant mortality throughout the country.
Using Maternal and Child Health Quality Improvement Efforts to Advance State Health Agency Accreditation
This issue brief details the intersections between health departments' efforts to earn public health accreditation with their work in collaborative improvement & innovation networks (CoIIN). Using the CoIIN to Reduce Infant Mortality (IM CoIIN) as an example and showing the Oklahoma State Department of Health used its participation to inform its accreditation procedures, this brief presents solutions for creating efficient practices to achieve both aims.
This issue brief details the use of LARC in preventing unplanned pregnancies, the current availability and education for women, barriers to prescribing LARC, and potential Medicaid reimbursement models to improve LARC access.
This issue brief analyzes the perinatal regionalization as a system for improving risk-appropriate care, and how Medicaid funding can be used by states to better serve at-risk moms and connect them with the right treatment. The case studies from California and Georgia show how some states are already using Medicaid funding to achieve these goals.
Opportunities for States to Improve Women’s Health and Birth Outcomes through Medicaid Incentives for Effective Contraceptive Use and Postpartum Care
This issue brief details state Medicaid models that provide incentives for the use of effective contraception to support healthy, planned births. Additionally, the brief includes examples of state strategies to improve postpartum follow-up to monitor mothers' physical and emotional health, as well as start discussions about birth spacing and future pregnancy plans.
This issue brief details the effectiveness of progesterone in preventing preterm births for at-risk women, the current barriers to progesterone access and how some state Medicaid agencies are creating new reimbursement models to make it more readily available.