Maternal and Child Health

NGA works with states to help them improve health outcomes for pregnant women, mothers and children for decades. We offer a variety of opportunities for states to collaborate with one another and to work closely with leading experts on a range of maternal and child health issues, such as infant and maternal mortality. The NGA Center also provides targeted technical assistance to states on maternal and child health issues of importance to governors’ offices as they arise. Finally, NGA has served as a longstanding resource for state-level maternal and child health data on issues such as coverage, eligibility, access and quality through its Maternal and Child Health Update (MCH Update), which has been issued regularly since 1990.


Maternal And Child Health Resources

Improving Birth Outcomes in Medicaid

Improving Birth Outcomes in Medicaid

Women who begin their pregnancies in poor health are more likely to have negative birth outcomes than healthy women, according to a paper released by the National Governors Association. Improving ...
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Effect of Provider Payment Reforms on Maternal and Child Health Services

States are actively pursuing reforms to enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care services provided to pregnant women and children, according to a report released by the National Governors ...
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2010 Maternal and Child Health Update: States Make Progress Towards Improving Systems of Care

2010 Maternal and Child Health Update: States Make Progress Towards Improving Systems of Care

The 2010 Maternal and Child Health Update presents 2010 data gathered from U.S. states and territories in the annual maternal and child health survey conducted by the National Governors Association ...
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Maternal and Child Health Update 2008

Maternal and Child Health Update 2008

This issue brief highlights recent state trends in health care coverage for women and children through Medicaid and CHIP, gathered from an annual survey conducted by the NGA Center for ...
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Shaping a Healthier Generation: Successful State Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Shaping a Healthier Generation: Successful State Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity

The NGA Center convened the Shaping a Healthier Generation Advisory Council in response to the need for innovative and actionable childhood obesity prevention strategies for governors to implement in their ...
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Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Update: States Increase Eligibility for Children’s Health in 2007

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Update: States Increase Eligibility for Children’s Health in 2007

Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) provide a critical source of health insurance coverage to low-income pregnant women, infants, and children. This report highlights state trends in ...
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Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Update 2005: States Make Modest Expansions to Health Care Coverage

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Update 2005: States Make Modest Expansions to Health Care Coverage

Medicaid continues to be the nation’s largest health insurance program for low-income people. This report examines some of the policies states implemented for providing coverage. Relevant data from each state ...
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MCH Update: States Protect Health Care Coverage During Recent Fiscal Downturn

MCH Update: States Protect Health Care Coverage During Recent Fiscal Downturn

Medicaid is the nation’s largest health insurance program for low-income persons. The data in this report show state efforts around health care coverage for low-income women and children during the ...
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MCH Update 2002: State Health Coverage for Low-Income Pregnant Women, Children, and Parents

MCH Update 2002: State Health Coverage for Low-Income Pregnant Women, Children, and Parents

Since 1990, the NGA Center has reported on the status of state Medicaid coverage of children and pregnant women and innovative maternal and child health initiatives. This has served as ...
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MCH Update 2001: Trends in State Health Insurance Coverage of Pregnant Women, Children, and Parents

MCH Update 2001: Trends in State Health Insurance Coverage of Pregnant Women, Children, and Parents

Since 1990, the NGA Center has reported on the status of state Medicaid coverage of children and pregnant women and innovative maternal and child health initiatives. This has served as ...
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