AIM: The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal and Child Health

THe goal of the AIM project, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, is to expand access to care for the maternal and child health populations through the following program focus areas:Ensuring continuity of coverage and care for pregnant women and children,

  • Improving systems of care for children with special health care needs, and
  • Promoting the use of Bright Futures Guidelines for all children.

This program supports enhanced collaborative engagement across the AIM awardee organizations, which include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Academy for State Health Policy’s Center for Health Policy Development, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and the National Governors Association.

Family Voices is advising 5 partners who have funding from MCHB through the AIM initiative, with the purpose of bringing a family perspective to this initiative:

  1. Partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) includes helping AAP disseminate a survey to collect information on problems patients/families identify having with access to health care and coverage and collecting more detailed information through phone interviews with selected families in each state participating in the AIM initiative. This information collecting is undertaken through SAOs and F2Fs within states who have indicated their willingness to develop state teams to participate in one of the AIM target areas in their state.
  2. Partnership with National Congress of State Legislators (NCSL) includes advising NCSL on publications and other written work that concern CYSHCN and Bright Futures guidelines for children, including project products that focus on state policies.
  3. Partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) includes developing an infographic/case study illustrating successful models of care coordination and services for CYSHCN and a checklist on strategies that State Health Departments can use to help families, especially those from culturally and linguistically diverse families, in the implementation of Bright Futures Guidelines. Family Voices will also develop a survey to identify family perspectives of Bright Futures Guidelines to assist Public Health and Primary Care training programs.
  4. Stories of the Newly EnrolledPartnership with the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) includes developing vignettes descriptive of family experiences obtaining coverage under the ACA collected from each of the states that participates in the overall AIM initiative.
  5. Partnership with the National Association of State Health Policy (NASHP) includes providing guidance on areas for family engagement, participating in an in-person meeting of state Title V CYSHCN directors, Medicaid agency representatives, families/consumers, provider groups and other leaders to address how to improve access to care for CYSHCN populations, identifying families of CYSHCN to participate and present on project webinars and identifying families of CYSHCN to participate in a focus group conference call to advise on the content of a project

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