Performance Improvement 2000. Maternal and Child Health

01/01/2000

National Evaluation of the Healthy Start Program

The Healthy Start program was launched in 1991 by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Public Health Service to demonstrate innovative ways to reduce infant mortality in areas with some of the highest rates. The National Evaluation consists of a cross-site process study and an outcome study of the 15 original sites. The final report of the process evaluation, "The Implementation of Healthy Start: Lessons for the Future," was completed in FY 1998 (See PIC ID 5610.1). The outcome evaluation is assessing infant mortality and birth outcomes, including improvements in the adequacy of prenatal care, and the incidence of low and very low birth weight and pre-term deliveries compared to matched comparison communities. The final report will also include findings from a Survey of Postpartum Women, and from special reports on Fetal and Infant Mortality Reviews, Health Education, and Case Management. Study results will be used to improve the Healthy Start projects funded subsequently, and will be shared with the public health community for application in other settings.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of the Administrator

FEDERAL CONTACT: Thiel Raykovich, Karen
301-443-0370

PIC ID: 5610

PERFORMER: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 03/30/2000

The Impact of the State Children's Health Insurance Program on Selected Community Health Centers and Maternal and Child Health Programs

This study is assessing: (1) the effect of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) on the insurance status of children served by selected Community Health Centers (CHCs) and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs, and (2) the impact on the extent to which these children enter or remain in care at selected CHC and MCH sites. Issues to be addressed include: (1) the insurance history of children who have used or are new to the site; (2) the continuous nature and time span of the coverage; (3) insurance characteristics of, and source care for, children who are no longer users; and (4) the characteristics of sites relative to their ability to enroll and/or retain newly insured children. Previous analysis of CHC encounter files documented significant volatility in coverage, with patients going on and off coverage as many as five times in a given year. Study findings will provide a framework for future investigation, develop a transferable methodology for use by States and sites, and help to assess the extent to which CHIP has affected the insurance coverage of children served by CHCs and MCH programs.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Maternal and Child Health Bureau

FEDERAL CONTACT: Yoon, Jean
301-594-3730

PIC ID: 7125

PERFORMER: George Washington University
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 09/20/2000

National Health Service Corps

Effectiveness of the National Health Service Corps

The purpose of this project is to study the effectiveness of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), including examination of the various mechanisms for training and recruiting providers, placing them in underserved areas, and retaining them in primary care and related professions. Prior studies have tended to define NHSC "effectiveness" narrowly, e.g., using retention at a particular site as a measure. Current and alumni clinicians and administrators of sites staffed with NHSC clinicians are providing information for the study. Study findings will be used in policy development and program management, and in developing the proposal for new authorizing legislation, needed as of October, 2000.

AGENCY SPONSOR: Bureau of Primary Health Care

FEDERAL CONTACT: Niska, Richard, M.D.
301-594-4204

PIC ID: 6357

PERFORMER: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Washington, DC

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION: 4/30 /2000