The Medical Home Network Accountable Care Organization, LLC (MHN ACO) in Chicago was awarded a grant for approximately $250,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant will be used to place maternal health coaches in community health centers in the city. MHN ACO pilot clinics will begin implementing this new program in the fall. The organization serves more than 160,000 Medicaid beneficiaries.
The grant is part of HRSA’s 2021 Emerging Issues in Maternal and Child Health Program with the goal to strengthen the capacities of state and local organizations to respond to emerging public health issues affecting maternal and child health (MCH) populations. The MHN ACO’S Maternity Health Coach Program will address two emerging priority issues in maternal and child health identified by the State of Illinois:
- Promote a comprehensive, cohesive, and informed system of care for all women to have a healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery and first year postpartum.
- Assure accessibility and quality of preventive and primary care for women.
- The grant-funded program, which is a partnership between the MHN ACO and Medical Home Network (MHN), a Chicago-based not-for-profit focused on transforming care in the safety net and building healthier communities, will work to fundamentally change healthcare experiences and outcomes for vulnerable pregnant patients in Chicago.
The MHN ACO will build on MHN’s proven care management model, in which care management teams are integrated into the ACO’s primary care practices, by adding maternal health coaches. The maternal health coach will work alongside the obstetrician/ gynecologist physicians at the clinics and provide intensive support to individuals throughout the course of their pregnancy and post-partum. MHN ACO pilot sites will incorporate a new health coaching curriculum and train individuals for the maternal health coach role to join their integrated care teams. A main focus is providing mental health support for consumers, so the program will work to increase partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) that address all aspects of women’s health. MHN will leverage their technology platform, MHNConnect, to identify consumers, track engagement efforts and produce quantifiable outcomes.
MHN is a wholly provider-owned entity comprised of 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and three health systems serving more than 160,000 Medicaid beneficiaries. MHN builds partnerships in the community to connect key stakeholders, from comprehensive primary care to community-based organizations. It helps provider organizations deliver integrated care. The MHN-ACO was created in 2014 to offer whole-person care for Medicaid beneficiaries in Chicago-area communities.
This was reported by Medical Home Network on August 24, 2021.
Contact information: Cheryl Lulias, President and Chief Executive Officer, Medical Home Network, 180 N. Stetson, Suite 600-1, Chicago, IL 60601; 312-274-0126; Email: email@example.com; Website: https://medicalhomenetwork.org/