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Supporting State Maternal and Child Health Policy Innovation Program (MCH PIP)

This program supports state-level policymakers and MCH officials to come up with new ways to improve access to quality health care for MCH populations. Then, it helps them put those ideas into practice.

Our awardees

We have four awardees:

  • Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
  • National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

These awardees are national organizations that speak on behalf of state-level policy makers and MCH officials.

Our investments spur improvements

Awardee organizations provide expert advice and resources to their members, including state-level legislators, policymakers, and health officials. They develop policy briefs, track legislation, and host national webinars. They also form learning communities to help maternal and child health (MCH) leaders share best practices and proven methods to create policy solutions. The cooperative agreement funds three learning communities that work to identify, develop, and implement policy solutions:

Promoting Innovation in State & Territorial MCH Policymaking (PRISM) Project
AMCHP and ASTHO work with state and territorial teams. Currently, teams address substance misuse, addiction, and mental health disorders. They focus on promoting equity in access to services.

National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)’s Policy Academy
NASHP conducts a policy academy with state teams. These teams include representatives from state Medicaid agencies, public health agencies, and mental health and substance use agencies. The current cohort focuses on addressing maternal mortality for Medicaid-eligible pregnant and parenting women.

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Fellows Program
NCSL supports legislators and legislative staff who are experienced or emerging leaders in MCH to develop legislation specific to their state’s particular needs.

Funding details

The archived Notice of Funding Opportunity HRSA-18-086 provides more information about this five-year cooperative agreement. MCH PIP was extended and ends on April 30, 2024.

MCH PIP in context

The MCH PIP is designed to give awardees flexibility to help their members. Officials and policy makers address the existing and emerging needs in their own states and communities.  Awardees provide resources, expertise, and opportunities for collaboration to advance policy solutions.

Contact us

Michael Sauter, M.P.H.
MCH PIP Project Officer

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