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.  


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).