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New Report Details Path Forward for 
Improving Maternal Health

by Medicaid Innovation Institute

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) has released a new, five-year plan to improve the trajectory of America’s maternal and infant health outcomes. The plan represents a bold new path to reverse the maternal health crisis and improve lives for birthing persons and babies across the nation.


The report puts forth Five Big Ideas, rooted in health equity and evidenced-based models of care, to improve the health of our nation.


The findings are the result of the Maternal Health Policy Equity Summit—held by IMI in September 2023—a convening of Medicaid policy experts and those with lived experience with the program.


The Big Five Ideas include:

  • Build, Support, and Sustain the Workforce

  • Integrate Services and Systems Across Settings and Sectors

  • Collect the Right Data and Make it Open Source

  • Establish the Foundation for Family-Based Continuum of Care from Preconception-to-age 3

  • Learn from and Build on Emerging Ideas at the Community and State Levels

Arkansas Children’s Establishes $70 Million Groundbreaking Center Focused on Opioids’ Impact on Children

Attorney General Awards $50 Million in Effort to Improve Health of Children

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Nov. 9, 2023) – Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin is awarding $50 million of opioid settlement funds to Arkansas Children’s to pioneer one of the nation’s most ambitious research efforts dedicated to opioids’ impact on children.

The National Center for Opioid Research & Clinical Effectiveness (NCOR) will position Arkansas as a national leader in understanding the impacts of the opioid crisis on the fetus, newborn and developing children. It will also accelerate development of effective evidence-based treatments that radically improve child health and inform state and national policy efforts. Research published in the journal Pediatrics this year shows opioids are the leading cause of poisoning deaths in children under age 5 across the nation ...

Journals, Websites and Other Media

Table of Contents

  1. Empower Health USA & Partners Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Background Information

  2. The societal burden of the Opioid Crisis

  3. Big Tobacco and Big Pharma

  4. Drugs & Alcohol Long-term Impact Studies

  5. Foster Care

  6. Unintended Pregnancies


  8. Other Resources

  9. Helping to End Addiction Long-term® Initiative, or NIH HEAL initiative®​

  10. Appendix- Additional Journal Publications and Research

23 articles providing additional information - see list of individual links below:

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