Projects

Addressing Disparities: Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy

This project, funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, works to reduce barriers and improve timely access to quality care for Medicaid-insured pregnant and postpartum people of color; with an intervention to prevent morbidity and mortality associated with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Community partners are in Genesee, Kent, and Wayne Counties. See the ‘Tools’ tab on this site for some of the resources produced from this project.


The AHRQ Project

The project aims to develop and test a perinatal community system of care for Medicaid insured pregnant persons in Kent County, Michigan.


aim cci logoAlliance for Innovation on Maternal Health - Community Care Initiative (AIM-CCI)

AIM-CCI works to develop and nationally implement non-hospital focused maternal safety bundles; as an implementation site, we work with community partners to implement and perform quality improvement assessments on the safety bundles in Kent County, MI.


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MIRACLE – Multilevel Intervention for Racial Equity

This project implements a three-level intervention in Michigan’s Genesee and Kent Counties to address racial disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality.

Primary Investigators - Jennifer Johnson, PhD and Cris Meghea, PhD, Michigan State University


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Strong Beginnings, a Federal Health Start Program

Strong Beginnings is a federal Healthy Start program created in 2004 to improve the health and well-being of African American and Latine families, from pregnancy through early childhood.

HRSA – Health Resources and Services Administration

Utilizing federal HRSA funds, the lab is contracted by Strong beginnings to conduct program evaluation, quality improvement, and intervention development.

Pay for Success

As Michigan’s first Pay-for-Success project, this innovative funding mechanism partners public or private investors, health systems, and community-based providers to deliver programming that demonstrates a measurable improvement in health outcomes, resulting in savings for the state of Michigan. If predetermined successful impact is achieved over a five-year period, the state of Michigan returns savings to investors who reinvest back into program services.

Care Improvement for Medicaid-Insured African American and Latina Women Match Project

This project, often referred to as Medicaid Match, focuses on intervention development, program evaluation, and quality improvement with Strong Beginnings as the lead community partner.