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 enrollees 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.
Women and Gender Health Priorities Survey
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.
Innovation in Perinatal and Child Health in Medicaid
High-Value, Evidence-Based Maternal Models of Care
Doula and Perinatal Community Health Worker in Medicaid Learning Series
Session 4: State Level Highlights of Implementation
Virtual Learning Series on Midwifery-Led Care in Medicaid
Learning Collaborative on Midwifery-Led Care in Medicaid
Informational Flyer: Learning Collaborative on Midwifery-Led Care in Medicaid
Maternal Mortality & Morbidity
Perinatal Mental Health (Depression & Anxiety)
Release Event: Health Affairs Briefing Perinatal Mental Health
Medicaid Enrollee Interview: Navigating Mental Health Services While Pregnant
Report: Preventing Preterm Birth: An Update for Medicaid MCOs on Utilization of Progesterone
JAMA Editor's Note on Article: Medicaid Expansion and Birth Outcomes
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.