Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns: Final Evaluation, Volume 2 (Awardee Specific Reports)
The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative, funded under Section 3021 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aimed to improve maternal and infant outcomes for women covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) during pregnancy. The initiative funded enhanced services through three evidence-based prenatal care models—Birth Centers, Group Prenatal Care, and Maternity Care Homes—and supported the delivery of these services through 27 awardees and 211 provider sites across 32 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Four-year cooperative agreements were awarded on February 15, 2013 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Strong Start awardees comprised a wide variety of organizations, including hospital and health systems, health plans, and community-based providers and agencies; only one award directly contracted with a state.
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