Skip Navigation Links
Skip Navigation Links
April 2021Expand April 2021
January 2021Expand January 2021
November 2020Expand November 2020
July/August 2020Expand July/August 2020
May/June 2020Expand May/June 2020
March/April 2020Expand March/April 2020
January/February 2020Expand January/February 2020
September/October 2019Expand September/October 2019
July/August 2019Expand July/August 2019
May/June 2019Expand May/June 2019
March/April 2019Expand March/April 2019
January/February 2019Expand January/February 2019
November/December 2018Expand November/December 2018
September/October 2018Expand September/October 2018
July/August 2018Expand July/August 2018
May/June 2018Expand May/June 2018
March/April 2018Expand March/April 2018
January/February 2018Expand January/February 2018
November/December 2017Expand November/December 2017
September/October 2017Expand September/October 2017
July/August 2017Expand July/August 2017
May/June 2017Expand May/June 2017
March/April 2017Expand March/April 2017
January/February 2017Expand January/February 2017
November/December 2016Expand November/December 2016
September/October 2016Expand September/October 2016
July/August 2016Expand July/August 2016
May/June 2016Expand May/June 2016
March/April 2016Expand March/April 2016
January/February 2016Expand January/February 2016
November/December 2015Expand November/December 2015
September/October 2015Expand September/October 2015
July/August 2015Expand July/August 2015
May/June 2015Expand May/June 2015
March/April 2015Expand March/April 2015
January/February 2015Expand January/February 2015
ArchiveExpand Archive
Special Edition - EPRExpand Special Edition - EPR
Special Edition: Title V Technical Assistance MeetingExpand Special Edition: Title V Technical Assistance Meeting
Title V Technical Assistance Meeting

 An MCH Community Perspective: Supporting Health Equity

2018 Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Data Release

Early this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the release of 2018 data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). Developed in 1987, the system aims to support efforts to reduce infant morbidity and mortality by providing data that are not available through other sources. PRAMS data are useful in identifying groups of women and infants that are in high risk categories for negative health outcomes. PRAMS reports on approximately 83 percent of U.S. births. Public health officials and researchers use these data to help improve the wellness of women, infants, and their families. 


Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment Season 2021: Educating the Public about their Health Insurance Options

In 2018, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the uninsured population in the U.S. was approximately 30 million, representing roughly 5 percent of children and 13 percent of adults ages 19 through 64. Higher uninsured rates fell disproportionately on communities of color, including American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black, and Hispanic populations. The persistent lack of insurance coverage affects all populations including women, children, and families. Further exasperating this issue is the pandemic. The Commonwealth Fund recently estimated that nearly 7.7 million individuals, including women of reproductive age, lost employer-sponsored insurance as of June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With touchpoints throughout the community and partnerships with state and local service agencies, MCH programs are well positioned to actively promote, support, and educate the public about the open enrollment season. 


Establishing Health Equity through Partnership and Policy

Community-led programs and organizations that focus on addressing the social drivers of health through a racial and health justice lens are collaborating with marginalized families and leverage the voices and expertise of these community members to achieve health equity. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Healthy Start Initiative is a community-driven program with nearly 30 years of experience in improving perinatal health and racial disparities among marginalized communities across the nation.

Meeting the Substance Use and Mental Health Needs of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Populations during COVID-19: Local and State Health Department Solutions

Stay-at-home orders, social distancing protocols, and concerns about overall well-being have increased levels of anxiety and depression for many people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Protocols such as virtual prenatal appointments, limited in-person contact with home visitors and support people  during birth, and physical distancing and isolation measures have resulted in escalating concerns about  mental health issues, particularly for pregnant and postpartum people.


State Public-Private Partnerships: An Avenue for Cost Savings through Nonprofit Charitable Assistance Programs

We are living in an era of where safety net systems are increasingly strained and state health budgets are saddled with competing priorities. No one entity or sector can keep up with the demands to increase patient access to care and make health care more affordable. A coordinated approach between state health agencies and nonprofit organizations can serve as a model to achieve both goals successfully. The importance of state fiscal responsibility runs parallel with increased patient access. State governments must explore every avenue to balance cost-savings priorities and improve health outcomes. In its partnership with Title V entities for more than 20 years, Patients Services, Inc. (PSI), a national 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, has bridged that gap.

Using the National Standards as a Framework for Partnering with Others to Improve Outcomes for CYSHCN 

Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Programs address challenges that are often complex in an ever-changing landscape. Title V CYSHCN agencies are critical partners, and often they are leaders of multisector collaborations aimed to eliminate siloes and advance common goals. The National Standards for Systems of Care for CYSHCN is a helpful framework to bring together nontraditional (such as community-based organizations, community health workers) and traditional partnerships (such as family-led organizations, health systems) to collaborate to improve systems of care for CYSHCN and their families.