Women’s Health Resources

Welcome to NASHP’s women’s health resources page!

NASHP is committed to working with states and partnering with other national organizations to support states in providing access to high-quality health care for women and achieving healthy maternal and birth outcomes.

We focus our women’s health work on topics such as preventive and well-woman care; contraceptive use, including long-activing reversible contraception (LARC); prenatal and postpartum care; insurance coverage for pregnant women; and Medicaid payment and delivery reform strategies, including value-based payment and other performance-based measurement and incentives related to women’s health.  NASHP also seeks to identify opportunities for collaboration across state agencies and programs that address women’s health needs.

On this page are research and resources about women’s health, such as blogs, issue briefs, case studies, and maps and charts. If you have questions or would like more information about NASHP’s work on women’s health, please contact chanlon@nashp.org.

  • Wisconsin and Oklahoma Case Studies Show Marked Maternal Health Care Improvements

    State Medicaid agencies, which fund half of all births in the United States, are increasingly looking for ways to improve birth outcomes and maternal health while reducing costs by improving medical care and avoiding medically unnecessary cesarean sections. Two case studies from Wisconsin and Oklahoma show how these states successfully improved health care access and quality by creating pregnancy-focused medical homes and developing provider education and incentives to reduce unnecessary C-sections. The studies were developed in partnership with the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality with support from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

  • State Medicaid Quality Measurement Activities for Women’s Health

    From March to June 2017, NASHP conducted a 50 state scan to identify and confirm those state Medicaid agencies tracking and reporting key perinatal quality measures, as well as those implementing performance improvement projects (PIPs) and incentives to improve birth outcomes. To learn more about state Medicaid agencies’ measures, improvement projects, and incentives, see the chart and series of maps!

  • Medicaid Funding Opportunities in Support of Perinatal Regionalization Systems

    Today nearly 40 states have a system of risk appropriate perinatal care. A blog post, issue brief, and interactive chart explores Medicaid’s role as an important partner in developing perinatal regionalization policies and strategies given its significant investments in a disproportionate share of high-risk births and flexibility in the range and scope of services covered. Learn more.

  • Case Study: How Minnesota Uses Medicaid Levers to Address Maternal Depression and Improve Healthy Child Development

    Despite evidence that maternal depression is quite common and can negatively impact young children’s development, it is often undiagnosed and untreated. Since the rate of maternal depression is disproportionately higher in low-income women, Medicaid can play a leading role in identifying at-risk mothers and connecting them to treatment. With support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a new NASHP case study explores how Minnesota uses various policy levers in administering a Quality Improvement Project focused on addressing postpartum depression. Read more.

  • Opportunities for States to Improve Women’s Health and Birth Outcomes through Medicaid Incentives for Effective Contraceptive Use and Postpartum Care

    Unplanned and complex births carry potentially avoidable health complications and costs to families and states. This brief highlight opportunities for states to leverage Medicaid payment and delivery reform to promote planned and healthy births by incentivizing improvement in effective contraceptive use and postpartum follow up care. Experiences in Alabama, Colorado, Ohio, and Oregon demonstrate potential opportunities for cross-agency collaboration through payment and delivery reform to meet shared goals. Read the full publication here.

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