Learning Collaborative on Improving Quality and Access to Care in Maternal and Child Health

6/6/2017
May 22-24, 2017 | Baltimore, Md.
AGENDA

Objectives:

  • To share best practices in improving quality and access to care in maternal and child health (MCH) populations, especially in: continuity of coverage and care for pregnant women and children; improving systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs; and implementing Bright Futures guidelines as a standard of care for all children.
  • To convene state teams of key health policymakers to learn about state strategies for improving quality and access to care in MCH.
  • To give state teams the opportunity to discuss and identify priorities related to improving quality and access to care in MCH populations.
  • To facilitate development of collaborative action plans related to each state team’s identified priorities.
  • To identify next steps and implementation timelines for in-state follow-up work with each state team.

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MONday, May 22
Time Sessions

2-2:15 p.m.

Welcome and Learning Collaborative Overview  | Powerpoint | PDF file-12 pages
Tahra Johnson, senior policy specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures
Sarah Sisaye, public health analyst, Office of Policy and Planning, Maternal and Child Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

2:15-2:45 p.m.

Progress and Opportunities for States to Improve Quality Access to Care in Maternal and Child Health
Speaker: Jennifer Fiedelholtz, director, Office of Policy and Planning, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration

2:45-3:45 p.m.

Setting the Stage: Current Considerations for State Policymaking Around Maternal and Child Health  | Powerpoint | PDF file-26 pages
This session will highlight potential federal policy shifts and they may mean for state policymakers.  With a new administration, there may be changes in federal policy impacting maternal and child health and the roles that states play in providing care to these populations. This session will also review the focus areas covered over the three day meeting.

 

Moderator: Ellen Pliska, director, Family and Child Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials


Speakers: Brent Ewig, director of Public Policy & Government Affairs, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Stacy Collins, associate director, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs
Karen VanLandeghem, senior program director, National Academy for State Health Policy
Dan Walter, senior policy and government affairs analyst, American Academy of Pediatrics

4-4:45 p.m. Round 1 of State Team Group Discussions
State teams will have an opportunity to meet and discuss their respective roles related to maternal and child health issues and discuss their views about their state's MCH challenges and opportunities. Facilitator previews breakout process and goals for days 2 and 3 and follow-up plans.
5:45-8:15 p.m.

Dinner Session: State Strategies for Ensuring Continuity of Coverage and Care for Pregnant Women and Children  | Powerpoint | PDF file-24 pages
This session will provide a national overview of how states are providing continuity of coverage and care for pregnant women and children. Almost half of all births are paid for by Medicaid, meaning states have a key role to play when it comes to ensuring coverage and care for these populations. This session will provide a variety of state successes and challenges.

 

Moderator: Maureen Hensley-Quinn, Senior Program Director, National Association for State Health Policy


Speakers: Dania Palanker, Assistant Research Professor, Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR), Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute
Shannon McMahon, Deputy Secretary, Health Care Financing and Director, Medicaid, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland
Kelley J. Linck, Chief, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Human Services, Arkansas
Cornelia Deagle, Director, Title V/Maternal and Child Health/Family Health Services, Department of Health, Virginia

Tuesday, May 23
8:15-9:30 a.m.

Round 2 of State Team Group Discussions
State team members will meet to:
Discuss challenges and unmet needs
Develop goal(s)
Identify strategies to help the team move forward with the goal(s)

9:30-10:45 a.m.

Improving Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)  | Powerpoint | PDF file-30 pages
This session will focus on the roles that states play in providing services to children and youth with special health care needs. This population is defined as “those who have or are at risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.” This session will include a national perspective and highlight challenges and successes in Mississippi and Texas.  

 

Moderator: Tahra Johnson, senior policy specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures

 

Speakers:  Treeby Brown, Integrated Services Branch Chief for the Division of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration
Kyndel Williams, director of CYSHCN, Mississippi State Department of Health
Rachel Jew, Title V CYSHCN, Texas Department of Health Services
Tamela Griffin Director, Office of Policy, Medicaid and CHIP, Texas Health and Human Services Commission

11:05 a.m.-12:20 p.m.

Round 3 of State Team Group Discussions  
State team members will meet to:


Discuss challenges and unmet needs
Develop goal(s)
Identify strategies to help the team move forward with the goal(s)

1:45-3 p.m.

Implementing Bright Futures for All Children  | Powerpoint | PDF file-26 pages
This session will focus on the different strategies available to states to implement the Bright Futures screening and treatment guidelines for children and youth. A new edition was recently published with updates that are relevant for many stakeholders working in children’s health. The session will highlight experiences from South Carolina, Georgia and West Virginia.
    
Moderator: Jane Bassewitz, manager, Bright Futures National Center, American Academy of Pediatrics


Speakers: Francis E. Rushton, M.D, medical director, South Carolina QTIP (Quality through Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics), Past-Board Member, American Academy of Pediatrics
Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health
John Phillips, M.D., president, West Virginia Chapter of the AAP, WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital

3:10-4 p.m.

Return on Investment:  Preventive Health Initiatives to Help States Achieve Their Goals  | Powerpoint | PDF file-15 pages
With tight budgets, many states are looking for new and innovative ways to get the most bang for their buck. Through public-private partnerships, states are learning how to use evidence-based policy making decisions to provide services and find returns on their investments.
    
Moderator: Kelly Murphy, program director, National Governors Association
Speaker: Rob Grunewald, economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

4:15-5:30 p.m. Round 4 of State Team Group Discussions:  State Strategies
State team members will meet to:
  • Discuss challenges and unmet needs.
  • Develop goal(s).
  • Identify strategies to help the team move forward with the goal(s).
wednesday, may 24
8:45-9:45 a.m.

Opportunities for Family Engagement in Policy Decision-Making  | Powerpoint | PDF file-9 pages
This session will focus on the benefits of family engagement in the decision-making process for providers, health officials and policymakers. Family engagement can help state and local level decision makers craft their services around the needs of the populations they serve. This session will include a national perspective as well as family engagement challenges and successes that Tennessee and Arkansas experienced.

 

Moderator: Stacy Collins, associate director, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs  
Speakers: Julie Beckett, family advisor, Family Voices, Board of Directors
Jacqueline Johnson, director of Children’s Special Services Program, Tennessee Department of Health
Representative Deborah Ferguson, Arkansas House of Representatives

10-11:30 a.m.

State Team Discussions: Finalizing Action Plan
State teams will finalize their action plan and make plans for follow-up activities, including a reconvening in their state.

11:30-1 p.m.

Lunch and State Team Reports, Learning from Each Other and Resources Overview
Facilitator: Tahra Johnson, senior policy specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures