The Center for
Maternal & Young Child Health
What is the Center for Maternal and Young Child Health at Groundwork Ohio?
Groundwork is developing and operating a “center for excellence” for Maternal and Young Child Health to build the capacity of Groundwork Ohio and our external partners to match the needs of communities across the state in this policy space. The mission of the Center is to prepare Ohio for a better future by building and transforming systems that improve maternal and young child health, promote health equity, and prioritize prevention through policy development, research and collaboration so that all Ohio mothers and young children thrive.
As health care, public health, financing, and other sectors of the state and federal health care system continue to evolve, Ohio maternal and young child health programs have an increasing number of opportunities to promote health equity and positive outcomes, for women, young children and families. The Center will focus on policy development and systems building at the intersection of Ohio’s Medicaid program, maternal and child health programs in the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. The Center will work to position the state of Ohio to craft, advance, and scale policies and programs that increase access to high-quality care and interventions for pregnant women and young children through the education and awareness of stakeholders, including equipping state and local leaders with the targeted support, tools, research, resources, and peer learning opportunities they need to craft, advance, and scale policies and programs that increase access to high-quality care and interventions.
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