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Changing Outcomes for Pregnancy-Related Mortality for Vulnerable Women

Women in the United States suffer from maternal mortality rates not seen elsewhere in developed countries, and nowhere is that more true than among patients served by Medicaid. Although it is a national epidemic, inadequate maternal care disproportionately affects minority women and the 43% of US births financed by Medicaid. On this episode, we speak with an executive vice president of Avia Health Innovation, which is trying to address this issue in conjunction with 30 healthcare systems.
Women in the United States suffer from maternal mortality rates not seen elsewhere in developed countries, and nowhere is that more true than among patients served by Medicaid. Although it is a national epidemic, inadequate maternal care disproportionately affects minority women and the 43% of US births financed by Medicaid.

On this episode, we speak with Amy Dirks Stevens, executive vice president of Avia Health Innovation, which in 2018 launched the Medicaid Transformation Project, which aims to improve healthcare and related social needs, including behavioral health and mental health. In September, the organization began working with 30 health systems to try and change the course of outcomes for women and their infants.



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