Women and Gender Health

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation’s (IMI) work in women’s health is informed, guided, and supported by an exceptional group of national experts representing academic and non-academic research institutions, advocacy and community organizations, clinician groups, Medicaid managed care organizations, state and federal policymakers, and, most importantly, Medicaid enrollees and their families. These collaborative relationships support our mission to improve the lives of Medicaid members through the development, implementation, and diffusion of innovative and evidence-based models of care that promote quality, value, equity and the engagement of patients, families, and communities.

IMI has conducted research and led initiatives on a number of critical women’s health topics in Medicaid managed care, such as severe maternal morbidity, maternal depression and anxiety, preventing preterm birth, and the opioid crisis. Publications and resources from the projects and initiatives are listed below.

Doula Learning And Action Collaborative

Midwifery In Medicaid Business Case Learning Series

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation is currently hosting an interactive virtual learning series that introduces midwives to fundamental concepts related to Medicaid and business. Throughout the series, participants will have access to resources and expertise that will strengthen their ability to form a case to advance birth equity in Medicaid through business goals and initiatives. 

Interactive Q&A Session: Recording and FAQ

Maternal Health Policies

Learning Collaborative on Midwifery-Led Care in Medicaid

Cancer Screening and Prevention

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) recognizes that there are individuals who become pregnant and give birth who might not identify as women. Individuals who identify as women may also depend on a diverse set of health care needs. The above reports frequently use the words “woman,” “women,” and “maternal.” This includes transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary individuals who might need the suite of care services related to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. Also, “maternal care” in these documents includes all individuals who require such services. The documents use the pronouns “they/them/theirs” whenever possible in recognition of the gender-diverse population who may be included in maternal care. IMI has attempted to create resources that are gender-neutral, limiting gendered language and only using such terms when necessary to conform with language specified in Medicaid requirements, statutes/policy language, and cited research and data. IMI hopes to create resources that are inclusive of all individuals in the Medicaid community and their diverse health care needs.