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State Teams Announced for Three-Year National Midwifery Learning Collaborative

September 23, 2021

State Teams Announced for Three-Year National Midwifery Learning Collaborative

Washington, DC— The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI)’s new national midwifery learning collaborative offers a rare opportunity for stakeholders across multiple levels of maternal health to join in discussion to identify ways to reduce maternal health disparities. Through funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, IMI will gather decision and change-makers across selected states including leaders from Medicaid health plans, community organizations, health providers, and state Medicaid agencies. Through a highly competitive application process, the following state teams were selected for participation:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Washington

These five state teams will participate in a three-year intensive learning collaborative that includes guidance and support on determining long-term solutions to integrating, implementing, and funding midwifery-led care in their state. Each state-based team includes representation from state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid health plans, midwifery practices, and community organizations. At the end of the collaborative, the teams will have identified shared goals to advance midwifery-led models of care, strategies to achieve those goals, piloted and evaluated their efforts, and charted a course to continue to advance these models in their state.

IMI has quickly become the national hub for maternal health innovation in Medicaid managed care. The new collaborative builds off the work of IMI’s previous maternal health initiatives: “Improving Maternal Health Access, Coverage, and Outcomes in Medicaid,” a report outlining the evidence-based research supporting maternal health initiatives, such as midwifery-led care; and the organization’s eight-part learning series overviewing the policy and care opportunities in midwifery-led models of care. The learning collaborative officially starts on September 23, 2021.


About the 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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