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Maricopa Integrated Health System Receives Major Grant Funding to Launch Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Mar 4, 2013) -  Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) is among 27 organizations nationwide that has been awarded a major funding opportunity to test the effectiveness of enhanced prenatal care approaches among pregnant Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries who are at high risk for preterm births. The grant award of $684,200 is an effort by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations that aims to: reduce the rate of pre-term births, improve health outcomes of pregnant women and newborns, and decrease anticipated costs of medical care during pregnancy, delivery, and the first year of life for the newborns. Strong Start provides MIHS, in partnership with District Medical Group (DMG), the opportunity to showcase it's innovation and also influence maternal/ child health policy at the national level.

The 100% federally funded project will be led by Maria Manriquez, MD, OB/GYN Department Vice Chair at MIHS, OB/GYN Clerkship Director at the University of Arizona Phoenix Campus, and AZ Section ACOG Chair, and will reach 1,500 high risk pregnant women over a three-year period. "We are thrilled to be part of testing outcomes measures in a maternity medical home model. Our concept is meant to be far-reaching and applicable to all patient populations. We at MIHS are honored and humbled to be selected as one of 27 sites in the United States," says Dr. Manriquez. 

Dean Coonrod, MD, Chair, OB/GYN Department at MIHS will additionally serve as the project's consultant. 

Strong Start will build upon MIHS' Internatal Care Clinic, Refugee Women's Health Clinic, and the Maricopa Health Plan Medical Home. Enhanced prenatal services will also be replicated and expanded to MIHS' Women's Care Clinic, 7th Avenue Family Health Center, South Central Family Health Center and our Maryvale Family Health Center. MIHS will also be collaborating with ADHS Vital Records, Maricopa Health Plan, APIPA, Mercy Care Plan and CMS evaluation contractors to investigate to see if improving the health outcomes of mothers and newborns will also reduce costs for the long term.

The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1D1-12-001 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. The contents of such Public Project Communications are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of HHS or any of its agencies. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations fully funded the Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns innovative project at Maricopa Integrated Health System at $684,200 which represents 100% of the total project.