Spotlights on Innovation

Healthcare provider organizations can learn from each to develop maternal health improvement plans based on their on-the-ground realities. Better outcomes are possible when leaders understand how others tackle systemic barriers to good maternal health while improving internal structures and processes. These are examples of innovative approaches that can inspire your solutions.

A Multifaceted Strategy to Improve Black Maternal Health

Who: Penn Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Where: Greater Philadelphia, PA

What: Within a systemwide program to advance health equity, the Penn Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is implementing multifaceted strategies to advance maternal health equity. Within one year, they reduced severe pregnancy complications in Black women by nearly one-third.

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An Air Traffic Controller for Maternal Health Equity

Who: Henry Ford Health

Where: Southeastern Michigan, including Detroit

What: Henry Ford Health created a Director of Maternal Health Equity to lead a systemwide strategy to advance equity and respectful high-quality maternal and newborn care.

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A Community Partnership to Support Childbearing Families

Who: HealthPartners and Everyday Miracles

Where: Minneapolis, MN

What: A healthcare system partnered with a community-based maternal health organization to expand access to culturally centered doula services.

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A Comprehensive Care Model for Moms and Babies

Who: Ohio Department of Medicaid

Where: Ohio (statewide)

What: A comprehensive maternal care perinatal care program that introduces care delivery and payment reforms for obstetrical practices that build connection and support women with Medicaid.

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“The Alliance of Community Health Plans is committed to making health care better – especially when it comes to maternal health – and our partnership in Raising the Bar exemplifies that commitment.

ACHP members are uniquely positioned to create targeted, local solutions that advance maternal health equity, and we look forward to drawing on Raising the Bar as we, our members and their community partners identify innovative ways to eliminate maternal health inequities through high-quality coverage and care.”

— Ceci Connolly, President and CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP)

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