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IMI Awarded New Grant to Lead National Maternal Health Learning Collaborative

July 1, 2021

IMI Awarded New Grant to Lead National Maternal Health Learning Collaborative

Washington, DC – Offering midwifery-led care options to birthing people is a powerful tool to reduce maternal mortality, morbidity, and disparate outcomes for those covered by Medicaid. However, few resources exist to support Medicaid stakeholders including state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid health plans, provider groups, and consumer/community organizations to implement this high-value, evidence-based model of care.

In response to this need, the Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI), a non-profit, nonpartisan research and policy organization, was awarded funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to launch a national learning collaborative for Medicaid stakeholders. The midwifery learning collaborative is an intensive 3-year program that will provide support, resources, and guidance for state-based teams looking to develop sustainable initiatives to advance midwifery-led models of care for the Medicaid population in their communities. Each team will customize their journey, selecting their focal areas (e.g., licensure, reimbursement, contracting terms and modifications), to ensure that it reflects their needs. The learning collaborative will offer individualized team support with the goal of increased access to the model and better birth outcomes.

Goals of Learning Collaborative

  1. Expand dissemination and support a deeper, structured discussion on key topics and resources from the report and learning series such as payment reform, modernization of policies, credentialing, and licensures, etc.
  2. Increase the uptake of key concepts that are critical for advancing midwifery-led care for the Medicaid population.
  3. Provide learning opportunities, strategic planning, and capacity building through technical support for Medicaid stakeholders.
  4. Explore the required steps to develop and implement models into state, organization, and/or clinical practice settings.
  5. Facilitate opportunities for Medicaid stakeholders to engage with each other in partnership to identify opportunities and problem solve to provide access and coverage to high-value, evidence-based models of maternal care for the Medicaid population.
  6. Build on the existing learning series curriculum’s success, industry expertise of the authors, and national experts by offering technical assistance, shared learning opportunities, and consultative services to stakeholders.

Additionally, the national learning collaborative will produce a collection of case studies through which IMI will share promising and innovative best practices along with a toolkit for others to replicate the model. Up to five state-based teams will be selected. Applications are due Friday, July 9th, 2021 to Dr. Jennifer Moore ( Further information can be found in the overview document.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal innovator and entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special attention is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit

About the Institute for Medicaid Innovation

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization that provides independent, nonpartisan information and analysis to inform Medicaid policy and improve the health of the nation.

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