Youth Mental Health & Maternal and Infant Health Insights

NGA has collated a variety of resources from stakeholders to assist Governors and their staff with strengthening youth mental health, and improving maternal and infant health. These resources leverage the expertise of NGA partners to provide insights to assist with delivering specific program areas and cross-program tools and best practices. This page will continually be updated with timely and actionable resources.

Funders for Adolescent Science Translation

Supporting Adolescent Health and Development

A brief highlighting the specific findings on youth behavioral health from two National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reports: The Promise Of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity For All Youth and Promoting Positive Adolescent Health Behaviors And Outcomes: Thriving In The 21st Century.

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Funders for Adolescent Science Translation

Elevance Health

Addressing Maternal Health Disparities: Doula Access in Medicaid

This report discusses how women using doulas in Medicaid have fewer inpatient hospital admissions during pregnancy, are more likely to attend their postnatal visit, experience lower odds of cesarean delivery, have lower odds of postpartum depression or anxiety, and have lower overall costs compared to women not using doulas.

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Elevance Health

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Maternal Health

This report analyzes the latest trends in severe maternal morbidity by examining nearly 11 million births to women with either commercial insurance or Medicaid. Additionally it offers action items that can be taken to reduce SMM and improve maternal outcomes.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

What is Health Equity?

“Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.”

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Kaiser Permanente

FindYourWords

A website with providing tools to manage mental health and well-being and support peers when they need it most.

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Kaiser Permanente

Merck for Mothers

Hear Her

CDC’s Hear Her campaign seeks to raise awareness of urgent maternal warning signs during and after pregnancy and improve communication between patients and their healthcare providers.

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Merck for Mothers

Philips

Information on Philips Pregnancy+ Digital App

Philips has a customizable Pregnancy App that includes education articles and hyperlinks to a user’s state based resources regarding specific topics such as breastfeeding, mental health, and enrollment.

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Philips

AHIP

Issue Brief: Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

Everyone deserves access to the mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) care they need. These services, together referred to as behavioral health services, are an important part of every person’s overall health and well-being.

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AHIP

Merck for Mothers

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Advocates’ Voices

The MoMMA’s Voices Coalition works to amplify the voices of people who have experienced pregnancy and childbirth complications or loss, ensuring they are equipped and activated as partners with providers and researchers to improve maternal health outcomes.

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Merck for Mothers

Children’s Hospital Association

Sound the Alarm for Kids

In October 2021, the Children’s Hospital Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry declared the kids’ mental health crisis a national emergency and launched Sound the Alarm for Kids to raise awareness of the national emergency in child and adolescent mental health.

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Children’s Hospital Association

McKinsey

Tracking Public-Health Outcomes Across the United States

A selection of the public health outcome metrics in this dashboard measures the total loss of healthy years of life, assuming full health, that affect a state’s population over the course of one year, including metrics on behavioral health and maternal and neonatal health.

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McKinsey

Merck for Mothers

Workshop on Advancing Maternal Health Equity and Reducing Maternal Mortality

The National Academies convened a Workshop which reviewed the current state of state of maternal health in the United States and explore promising models and approaches that apply a life course approach to advance maternal health.

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Merck for Mothers

Funders for Adolescent Science Translation

State of Mental Health for Youth of Color 2022

The AAKOMA Project examines the impacts of COVID-19 and racial justice; two influences on current youth mental health that to illuminate their findings under a timely lens.

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Funders for Adolescent Science Translation

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Expanding Access to Mental Health Care Across America

Sixty million Americans struggle with a mental health condition, but less than half receive treatment. The shortage is particularly acute for children and adolescents. Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are committed to confronting and addressing inequities in mental health care.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Elevance Health

Increased Mental and Behavioral Healthcare Needs of Millennials and Older Gen Z Adults

Elevance Health analysis shows Millennials and Gen Z adults are prioritizing their mental health and well-being and taking a proactive approach their healthcare decisions. This resource provides additional information on how Elevance Health is addressing the behavioral and mental healthcare needs of all our members, at every age, by expanding virtual care, providing resources to advance health equity, and improving overall access to care.

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Elevance Health

Philips

Study on Personal Oral Infection Control, Low Birthweight, and Preterm Births in Appalachia West Virginia

A 12-year study with the University of West Virginia School of Public Health noting that healthy brushing can lower preterm births and improve birth weights. Includes Philips Sonicare electronic toothbrush utilized in the cohort that showed these significant improvements.

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Philips

McKinsey

Improving Pediatrician Well-Being And Career Satisfaction

Many pediatricians say they are facing burnout. Here’s what hospitals and other health systems can do to help which can in turn better support the rise in mental health needs in kids.

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McKinsey

Maximus

New Hampshire Comprehensive Assessment for Treatment (CAT) Program

The CAT Program, launched in June 2021, is a statewide, cross-agency program addressing youth and children’s mental health across all settings making care more accessible, effective and aligned with best practices.

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Maximus

Deloitte

College Students’ Mental Health and Well‐Being

COVID‐19 has taken a dramatic toll on college students’ well‐being, but there were concerns even before the pandemic. What can colleges and universities do in response?

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Deloitte

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Building Community Power to Advance Health Equity

Our learning has shown that the people most directly affected by systemic barriers and inequities are best positioned to identify the solutions and actions needed to drive change.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Kaiser Permanente

Presence of Mind effort in Gaming Community

Newly released results show the Presence of Mind initiative can be an effective way to deliver mental health information to a young adult at-risk group.

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Kaiser Permanente

AHIP

Promoting Mental Health for Children and Adolescents

Health insurance providers are addressing the mental health needs of children and adolescents with a range of innovative and collaborative approaches.

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AHIP

Children’s Hospital Association

Emergency Room Boarding Of Kids In Mental Health Crisis

With the right mental health services and supports, kids can recover from mental health crises and earn the skills they need to manage mental and behavioral health conditions.

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Children’s Hospital Association

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Four Priorities to Transform Mental Health Care

This statement spells out the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s four priorities to transform mental health care. The statement also highlights the work our Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are doing within these priority areas.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

McKinsey

Gen Z’s perspectives on mental health

A new McKinsey Health Institute survey finds that Gen Z may have higher levels of perceived stigma compared with other generations, but they may be more accepting of people with mental illnesses.

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McKinsey

BCG

Centering Youth and Families in Behavioral Health: A Data-Driven Approach

Youth behavioral health is in a state of crisis, exacerbated by the disruption and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A significant driver of the crisis is the complexity of the youth behavioral health system. Having a data-driven view will enable more-effective investment and advocacy toward building a robust, patient-centric youth behavioral health system.

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BCG

CVS

Stop. Ask. Listen.

This site contains resources for families and caregivers and has resources for youth who are looking for assistance including: Awareness to “Stop. Ask. Listen.” which could be adopted by states as part of an awareness campaign; Mental Health Awareness Guilds for Young Adults, for Parents and Caregivers, and a Guide to Talking with Friends and Family about Mental Health; Resources for accessing MH services.

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CVS

Deloitte

A human-centered vision for improving the mental health care ecosystem

Five basic shifts in the care ecosystem could change how those who need it most can access timely, affordable, effective, and equitable mental health care.

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Deloitte

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Closing the Medicaid Coverage Gap is a Health, Economic, and Moral Imperative

Closing the Medicaid coverage gap would save lives, reduce costs, and help eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities such as maternal mortality rates among women of color.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

AHIP

Improved Access to Mental Health Care Principles and Priorities

AHIP has released a Statement of Commitment and detailed advocacy vision to further improve access to mental health care and substance use disorder treatment for every American.

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AHIP

Meta

Safety Center

Safety Center provides expert-informed safety and well-being resources and tools to help keep users safe and informed across Meta technologies.

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Meta

Kaiser Permanente

Teen substance use assessment

Online quiz helps predict likelihood of teen substance use. Assessment helps parents and caregivers intervene early when kids are at risk for drug and alcohol use.

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Kaiser Permanente

Elevance Health

Coordinating Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services and Supports in Medicaid

This Elevance Health report details how services and supports used by individuals with mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders (MH/SUD) are deeply intertwined with physical health conditions and social drivers of health. Medicaid managed care organizations are addressing fragmentations of MH/SUD services for all ages by implementing a whole person approach that integrates care and advances the delivery of person-centered services and supports.

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Elevance Health

Biogen

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) Infographic

This content was developed primarily for HCP use and education. The document highlights the pressing need for innovation in addressing serious mental illness including postpartum depression and major depressive disorder.

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Biogen

March of Dimes

Nowhere To Go: Maternity Care Deserts Across The U.S. (2022 Report)

March of Dimes’ biennial report on maternity care deserts across the United States—counties where there’s a lack of maternity care resources, where there are no hospitals or birth centers offering obstetric care and no obstetric providers.

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March of Dimes

Children’s Hospital Association

Focusing on Children’s Mental Health

By investing in prevention, surveillance and treatment, children will grow up healthier and develop the skills they need to go on to more successful and fulfilling lives. Learn more about children’s mental health and how children’s hospitals are addressing these challenges in this detailed fact sheet.

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Children’s Hospital Association

Philips

Information on Philips Remote Non-Stress Test

This solution allows for non-stress tests to be conducted in the home, without an onsite clinician, and data transmitted to a cloud-based solution via smartphone for immediate reading by a clinician.

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Philips