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Maternal and Child Health

(October 03, 2017)

By Jennifer Ryan, Vice President

As the deadline for formally reauthorizing the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) passed last Friday, I found myself remembering the origins of (S)CHIP, the collective effort that went into implementing the program, and the important role it plays for nearly nine million children today.  While there is hope this week that the House will adopt the Senate Finance Committee’s version of a reauthorization package, the fact that legislative action did not occur before CHIP technically expired has raised concern and uncertainty across the country....

(September 06, 2017)

By Carol Backstrom, Principal and Director, Delivery System Transformation

Back-to-school often means new clothes, a new backpack, and new school supplies. Schools also play an important role when it comes to children’s health. As the new school year begins, it’s a good time to remind ourselves how schools can help with outreach and enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) in order keep students healthy, strong, and ready to learn....

(April 19, 2017)

By Megan Thomas
Senior Policy Consultant


About 16 percent of the more than 60,000 children between pre-kindergarten and the eighth grade served in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) need eye glasses, according to the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD). Uncorrected vision can have numerous consequences, including poor school performance and interference with physical and social development. Glasses are an easy way to improve vision quickly and can positively influence learning, achievement and self-esteem....

(December 22, 2016)

By Tanya Schwartz
Director, Medicaid Policy


Baltimore City officials recently announced that the infant mortality rate in Baltimore reached an all-time low in 2015, due in large part to the success of the B’More for Healthy Babies Initiative. B’More for Healthy Babies (BHB) is a citywide public-private partnership led by the Baltimore City Health Department with more than 100 partners that seeks to ensure that all babies are born at a healthy weight, full-term and ready to thrive in healthy families....