Child & Adolescent Health

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation’s (IMI) work in child 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 child and adolescent topics in Medicaid managed care, such as neonatal abstinence syndrome and childhood obesity.  Publications and resources from the projects and initiatives are listed below.  

New Request for Information: IMI Explores Innovative Practices in Perinatal & Child Health in Medicaid

IMI has launched an initiative exploring how Medicaid health plans are implementing perinatal/child health initiatives that complement those provided through essential benefits. The project will look at how health plans are achieving this work through partnering with community-based organizations, with a focus on disparities and inequities among communities of color.

To support this work, IMI has released a Request for Information (RFI) to capture best practices and exemplar initiatives to improve outcomes for birthing persons, infants, toddlers, and families covered by Medicaid. The RFI is open for submissions from October 11,2022 until November 18, 2022.  Medicaid health plans are encouraged to submit responses and may include partner organizations in their submission.  The project’s National Advisory Committee (NAC) will review blinded submissions to identify submissions for inclusion in the report.

Learn more and complete the RFI here.

Past Webinar: Behavioral Health Partnerships for Children and Adolescents During the Pandemic

IMI and co-moderators, Sandra Hassink, MD, MS, FAAP and Ann Giazzoni, MSW, LCSW, MBA, engaged an esteemed panel of experts to explore the answers to the question: “How can community partners connect hands and hearts to meet the behavioral health needs of kids?”

October 21, 2022 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST View summary here

Promoting Child and Adolescent Health During COVID-19

Article: Opportunities to Support Optimal Health for Children in Medicaid Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic

Webinar: Millions of Children May Lose Medicaid: What Can Be Done?

Webinar: Promoting Well-Child Visits and Vaccination

Childhood Obesity

Report:  Listening to Families:  Understanding Experiences from Participation in Medicaid Childhood Obesity Prevention and Treatment Initiatives

Toolkit:  Changing the Culture of Health in Childhood Obesity:  Implementation Toolkit for Medicaid Health Plans

Toolkit Resource:  Appendix A Editable Resources:  Readiness Assessment

Toolkit Resource:  Appendix B Editable Resources:  Tools to Guide Implementation

Report:  Building a Culture of Health in Childhood Obesity:  Overview & Action Plan for Medicaid Health Plans

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Article:  Opioid Crisis in Medicaid:  Saving Mothers & Babies

Report:  Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Medicaid Managed Care for Women & Newborns

Fact Sheet:  Opioid Summit Infographic

Pre-Term Birth

Article:  Association of State Medicaid Expansion Status with Low Birth Weight and Preterm Birth

     JAMA Editor's Note on Article:  Medicaid Expansion and Birth Outcomes

Article:  Variation in Coverage for Progesterone to Prevent Pre-Term Birth:  A Survey of Medicaid Managed Care Organizations

Report:  Preventing Pre-Term Birth:  Access to Progesterone in Medicaid Managed Care

Clinical Decision Aid:  Preventing Pre-Term Birth:  Access to Progesterone in Medicaid Managed Care Clinical Decision Aid

Two-Generation Health

Fact Sheet: Emerging Family Focus in Medicaid: A Two-Generation Approach to Health Care


Here's a look at the National Convening Meeting held in Washington, D.C. to discuss childhood obesity prevention and treatment efforts led by Medicaid managed care organizations (MMCOs).