Black Mamas Matter: Advancing the Human Right to Safe and Respectful Maternal Health Care

This toolkit provides a foundation, framework and resources for advancing maternal health in the U.S. as a human rights issue. It provides a research overview of maternal morbidity and mortality, focusing on trends, health disparities and inequities. Based on the deliberations of a cross-sectoral convening of stakeholders it offers a state policy framework for upholding the right to safe and respectful maternal health care, which offers recommendations in six key areas: improving access to reproductive health care, improving quality of maternal health care, ensuring acceptability of maternal health care for women most at risk, ensuring widespread availability of maternal health services, ensuring non-discrimination in access to care and social determinants of health, and fostering accountability to human rights standards for maternal health care.

Case Management/Care Coordination Home Visiting Insurance Coverage Life Course Model Patient-centered Medical Home Prenatal Care and Education Reproductive Life Planning/Family Planning

Ask the Expert: Parenting Children from Birth to Age 2

This webinar will focus on helping Healthy Start team members:

  • Support participants in making healthy parenting choices
  • Assist parents in creating safe environments for their young children
  • Reinforce and clarify the advice and recommendations of babies’ health care providers
  • Identify and help parents recognize warning signs that a baby or young child may be at risk.


  1. Describe recommendations for care of a child from birth to age 2.
  2. Discuss the importance of recommended well baby checks and describe tests and procedures that are performed during these visits.
  3. Identify warning signs that a baby or toddler may be at risk for medical or developmental problems.

Webinar Materials:

Breastfeeding Depression Father/Partner Involvement Immunization Insurance Coverage Intimate Partner Violence Nutrition Parenting Education Patient-centered Medical Home Risk Assessment Safe Sleep Socio-emotional Development for Children Tobacco Cessation

Ask the Expert: Preconception Care

This webinar focuses on the basic elements of preconception care and why incorporating them into Healthy Start is essential to fulfilling the mission of decreasing infant mortality. The logistics of recruiting participants who are not pregnant into Healthy Start programs and managing their issues is discussed, along with case studies illustrating ways in which this can be done.


Webinar Materials:

Chronic Disease Healthy Weight Insurance Coverage Reproductive Life Planning/Family Planning

New Benefits for Breastfeeding Moms: Facts and Tools to Understand Your Coverage under the Health Care Law

This toolkit is designed for women, advocates, community-based organizations, and health care providers to provide information on the coverage of breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling in the health care law (Affordable Care Act) and offer tools to women who encounter problems with this coverage. The toolkit also includes detailed instructions on how to call insurance companies, how to file an appeal if the plan denies coverage, and provides draft appeal letters tailored to commonly encountered scenarios.

Breastfeeding Insurance Coverage

Ask the Expert: Health Insurance Enrollment and Healthy Start

Open enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace is fast approaching (November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016). In light of that date and in support of the Healthy Start benchmark to “Increase proportion of HS participants with health insurance to 90%,” this webinar will provide Healthy Start staff with a reminder of the value of enrollment for Healthy Start staff, ways local Healthy Start programs can connect with local resources, and key messages that home visitors and case managers can consider when discussing health insurance with Healthy Start participants.

Webinar Materials:

Insurance Coverage

National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership

Medical‐legal partnership (MLP) is an approach to health that integrates the work of healthcare, public health, and civil legal aid to more effectively identify, treat, and prevent health‐harming legal needs for patients, clinics, and populations. MLP addresses legal needs in the areas of income supports and insurance; housing and utilities; employment and education; legal status; and personal and family stability. MLP:

  • Trains healthcare, public health, and legal teams to work collaboratively and identify needs upstream;
  • Treats individual patients’ health‐harming social and legal needs with legal care ranging from triage and consultations to legal representation;
  • Transforms clinic practice and institutional policies to better respond to patients’ health‐harming social and legal needs; and
  • Prevents health‐harming legal needs broadly by detecting patterns and improving policies and regulations that have an impact on population health. 

Case Management/Care Coordination Insurance Coverage Other Risk Assessment

Health Insurance Marketplace

This is the official government website where participants can find out if they qualify for health insurance, what their options are, and what assistance may be available to them (including Medicaid and CHIP). They can then proceed to apply for insurance at this site

Insurance Coverage

Getting the Coverage You Deserve: What to Do If You Are Charged a Co-Payment, Deductible, or Co-Insurance for a Preventive Service

This toolkit provides information on women’s preventive health services covered under the Affordable Care Act, and tools women can use if they encounter problems with this coverage. Includes templates for appeal letters to insurance companies in case of being wrongfully charged co-pays or deductibles for preventive services, birth control, breastfeeding counseling, BRCA testing, colonoscopy, or well-woman visits.

Insurance Coverage

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