Public Health & Epidemiology

Maternal and Child Health: Expanding Access and Improving Outcomes

Abt Associates conducts research and analysis that address a wide range of maternal and child health issues, including reproductive health, genetic services, community-based healthcare, mental health, and children with special healthcare needs.

The Abt team works with policymakers, providers, insurers, community-based organizations, and consumers to help improve healthcare for underserved populations. Our expertise includes:

Primary Data Collection: We conduct research in multiple settings using an array of effective methods for gathering primary data. We reduce the burden on respondents and expedite analysis and feedback by tapping into advanced technologies. We are experts at working with all types of populations, including non-English-speaking people in border communities, resulting in accurate, complete research data on the healthcare needs of these crucial groups.

Comprehensive Data Analysis: Our analysis provides new insights into maternal and child health. We analyze a broad range of primary and secondary data, including claims, Medicare and Medicaid information, vital statistics, national household surveys, and more. We can analyze extremely large datasets efficiently and effectively.

Evaluating Policies and Systems: Our policy analysis expertise enables us to examine the implications of health care policies on women, children, and families. We work with federal, state, and community organizations, foundations, and other groups to provide accurate, thorough policy analysis needed for strategic decisions, program direction, and advocating for change.

We also evaluate the systems that provide healthcare and social services to women and children. Effective programs for women’s and children’s health depend on multiple systems working collaboratively – mental health plans, early childhood programs, prenatal initiatives, and education. So, we design flexible, creative evaluations that track outcomes, at both the individual level and community and systems levels of care.

Evaluating and Improving Health Outcomes: Enhancing maternal and child health is a complex challenge that requires careful data gathering from diverse populations, expert analysis, and comprehensive evaluation. Our objective and accurate analysis leads to significant program and policy improvements, and enhanced maternal and child health.

Specific examples of our work in these areas include:

  • Developed a toolkit of best practices models and examples to support state Title V agencies as they implement the Affordable Care Act;
  • Implemented the Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA);
  • Conducted a systematic review of the goals, methods, and findings from the Innovative Approaches to Promoting Healthy Weight in Women initiative funded by HRSA;
  • Designed and implemented the national evaluations for both the Healthy Start Program (HRSA) and Project LAUNCH (ACF/SAMHSA);
  • Designed and conducted epidemiologic studies of the H1N1 vaccine effectiveness in pregnant women and children in NICUs for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as surveys to estimate seasonal flu vaccine coverage among pregnant women; and
  • Developed alternative methods and sample estimates for the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey data collection for CDC.
Read more about Abt’s work in the U.S. and around the world.

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