Maternal and Child Health
The Maternal and Child Health project is an initiative begun in Lincoln in coordination with pediatric and maternal healthcare providers in the city to focus on improving the quality of healthcare provided to children and pregnant women in the city through ongoing quality improvement projects with local healthcare clinics. The project is now expanding to other communities to increase access to quality prenatal care in these communities to help reduce the rates of preterm birth and other maternal/neonatal complications.
In 2020, the project focused on well-child examinations for children less than 6 years old and perinatal depression screening. In 2021, the project also focused on childhood vaccinations, among other quality measures. In 2022, Partnership for a Healthy Nebraska will work with partners to identify strategies for improving perinatal and maternal health outcomes in Nebraska. We will identify barriers that limit access to prenatal care and explore processes that improve early pregnancy notification (defined as within the first trimester or within 42 days of enrollment in Medicaid) for Medicaid patients and other vulnerable populations.