Maternal & Child Health Newsletter, Iss. 28
News from NIHCM
Save The Date - NIHCM Foundation and the National Chlamydia Coalition will host a webinar on July 24, 2013 at 1:00p.m. on preventing sexually transmitted diseases in adolescents. Registration will be available soon.
Archived webinar - The Health of Children in Foster Care: Making Improvements Through Medicaid and the Law - On April 16, 2013 from 1:00pm -2:30pm EDT, NIHCM Foundation held a webinar with the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law on the role of the U.S. health care and legal systems in supporting the health of children and youth in foster care.
The California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative launched a national campaign, the 2020 Mom Project, in May 2013 as a call to action to increase screening and treatment for maternal mental health disorders by 2020. The 2020 Mom Project has identified a set of recommendations for hospitals and health plans that are available online for any health plan or hospital to adopt. In 2010 NIHCM Foundation wrote an issue brief highlighting the national maternal mental health problem and outlining opportunities for health plans to improve screening and proper referral to evidence-based treatment.
On May 9, Claire Rudolph, NIHCM’s Research and Policy Analyst, attended and presented at a meeting entitled "Optimizing MCH Nutrition Under the ACA." Meeting attendees discussed ways to promote optimal nutrition for MCH populations under the Affordable Care Act. The discussion also focused on how the MCH workforce can include nutrition promotion in their ACA efforts.
Promising Practices in MCH
We continue to update our Promising Practices in Maternal & Child Health searchable database, a collection of emerging and promising health plan programs and collaborations. This database allows you to learn more about the MCH activities and priorities of health plans and foundations from across the country with a goal of facilitating program replication and fostering new collaborations between health plans and other MCH stakeholders, especially those working in communities and in the public sector.
Health Plan Initiatives to Improve MCH
Highmark Foundation has issued an invitation to educators, health care professionals, funders and other community stakeholders in childhood obesity prevention to attend a free conference in Pittsburgh on September 25th. “No Time to Weight: Best Practices in Childhood Obesity Prevention” will feature inspiring speakers—including Dr. Catherine L. Ross and William Dietz, MD, PhD—as well as evidence-based strategies and best practices in obesity prevention. Attendees will receive continuing education credits and make valuable connections with potential partners.
BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois has teamed up with the Illinois Department of Agriculture to fund a new program for young YMCA members called Project Get Fit. Through this program YMCA instructors will distribute “Healthy Bucks” to children ages 5-18 as incentives for positive behaviors. These bucks can then be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at the Illinois Products Farmers Market.
WellPoint Foundation has announced a two-year, $2 million grant to the March of Dimes to support prenatal care and early elective delivery prevention. Funds will be used to expand CenteringPregnancy®, a group care model with integrated health assessment, education and social support. The grant will also enable the implementation of quality improvement initiatives to prevent early elective deliveries at 12 California hospitals.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation and HealthMPowers are partnering to bring a fitness pilot program to 40 Georgia elementary schools in the 2013-14 school year. This new program will coincide with Power Up for 30!, a voluntary initiative led by the Georgia Departments of Education and Public Health encouraging elementary schools to work an additional 30 minutes of physical activity into every school day.
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded over $1.4 million in grants to 22 community-based organizations in New Jersey. Grantees include Main Street Counseling Service, to provide depression screening and treatment to economically disadvantaged, at-risk children; and ChoiceOne Pregnancy & Sexual Health Resource Center, to support its health literacy program for women of childbearing age. Read more about the ChoiceOne program in a NIHCM Foundation brief on preconception health.
Anthem Blue Cross is sponsoring the Jessie Rees Foundation’s Never Ever Give Up (NEGU) for Kids tour this July. The tour, featuring more than 30 professional and Olympic athletes, will stop at every Children’s Hospital in California, as well as Ronald McDonald houses and Boys and Girls Clubs across the state, spreading Jessie’s NEGU message and distributing JoyJars® to children being treated for cancer.
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware has awarded more than $700,000 in new BluePrints for the Community grants to local non-profits. Grantees include the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, for a program to reduce income and cultural barriers to breast cancer screening, and to provide education, follow-up support and patient navigation; and Delaware Hospice and Supporting Kidds, for their children’s bereavement support programs.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation is continuing to show its support for the Boys & Girls Club’s Triple Play wellness program with five new grants to support the program at Boys & Girls Clubs in Indiana. One grant will bring Triple Play to a new location in the state, another will support efforts to improve eating and exercise habits, and three additional grants were awarded to encourage leadership on healthy lifestyle issues.
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has published a report on state efforts to improve the value of maternal and child health services through changes in provider payment. “Effect of Provider Payment Reforms on Maternal and Child Health Services” looks at strategies including medical homes, pay-for-performance incentives, bundled payments for episodes of care and accountable care organizations, identifying early best practices among states.
The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), with the support of Merck for Mothers, recently launched a three-year initiative to improve state capacity to eliminate preventable maternal death. The Every Mother Initiative will focus on enhancing maternal mortality surveillance systems and developing and implementing strategies to prevent maternal mortality and improve maternal health outcomes.
AMCHP recently released a new issue brief entitled “Promoting Healthy Weight: The Role of Title V.” The brief presents an environmental scan of the nutrition and physical activity efforts of state Title V MCH programs, along with more detailed state snapshots. This brief follows an April webinar on the same topic hosted jointly by AMCHP and the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality.
The American Bar Association will host its biannual Conference on Children and the Law on July 12-13th in Washington, DC. The conference, intended for attorneys, judges, social workers, advocates and policy makers, will focus on issues related to improving family well-being and the effects of emerging policies and systemic reform. Topics of discussion include education and health issues, disabilities, trauma-informed care, psychotropic medications, and effective advocacy.
CityMatCH will host its 2013 Urban MCH Leadership Conference, "Nothing But the Best: Quality and Innovation in Urban MCH," September 23-25 in Savannah, Georgia. More information on the evidence-based and innovative plenaries, skill-building sessions and speakers will be posted to the CityMatCH website.
The American Academy of Pediatrics hosted a webinar entitled “Working Together to Promote Oral Health Care for Pregnant Women” on June 3rd. Speakers discussed the importance of oral health during pregnancy and the need for collaboration between health care professionals to meet the oral health needs of pregnant women. A recording of the event, slides and additional resources are available.
A new consensus statement on oral health care during pregnancy has been released following an expert meeting convened by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Dental Association. The statement includes guidance for prenatal and oral health professionals, including pharmacological considerations, and recommendations for health care providers to share with pregnant patients.