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IAMHP Latest Insights - June 2022

08 Jul 2022 2:42 PM | IAMHP Support (Administrator)

This past month, IAMHP wrapped up our second quarter focus on Maternal Health.  Each quarter this year, IAMHP will highlight a pillar that remains a priority for the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations and the state of Illinois. 

Our state has recently made huge strides to strengthen the Medicaid program and better serve pregnant people.  IAMHP is proud to have championed alongside legislators to increase payment for maternity visits, increase access to a procedure that could help prevent c-sections, and extend health coverage for Medicaid members for up to one year postpartum to prevent gaps in care.  However, continued collaboration is key as we continue to work toward improving health outcomes for Illinoisians. 

IAMHP is proud to partner with stakeholders who continue to work toward improving maternal health outcomes.  Here we highlight just some of the great work they are doing in space. 

We hope you enjoy, and as always, be well and stay safe.  

The IAMHP Team

Benefits of Community Based Care When Addressing Social Disparities

Sam sits down with Star August (Co-founder and CEO) and Callan Jaress (Co-founder) of the Holistic Birth Collective to discuss the work they are doing to address social disparities by way of community based maternal care. 

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IAMHP's Maternal Health Toolkit:  Resources for Better Access to Care

IAMHP's own Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, Trisha Rodrquez, joins Sam to discuss available maternal health resources for better access to care and the launch of IAMHP's maternal health toolkit. 

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Addressing Maternal Health Disparities through Grief Support and Research

Jose Ortiz, Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Administrator at University of Chicago Medicine, joins Sam to discuss FIMR and how this working group is tackling maternal health disparities in our communities by offering support to those experiencing loss. 

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The Importance of Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health

Allison Lowe-Fotos, Policy Manager for early learning advocate Start Early, joins Sam to discuss the importance of infant and early childhood mental health and why more awareness around the issue is necessary.

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How Smart Technology Can
Address Maternal Helath

Deborah Stewart, CEO of Finity Communications (an IAMHP Trusted Partner), sits down with Sam to talk about how smart technology can help to improve maternal health outcomes.

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The Importance of Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health

Ashley Gomez, Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Cayaba Care (an IAMHP Trusted Partner), joins Sam to discuss closing the gaps in maternal healthcare through community care-based models, home visits and telemedicine.

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How Plans Are Addressing
Maternal Health 

Keeping pregnant people healthy is central to the work of the managed care program as half of all births in Illinois are covered by the Medicaid program. Aetna Better Health joined IAMHP for a complimentary webinar to discuss how plans are addressing maternal health.

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