HEALTHFIRST AND MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL IMPROVE POSTPARTUM CARE FOR HIGH-RISK MOTHERS

MATERNAL HEALTH:  Healthfirst and Mount Sinai Hospital improve postpartum care for high-risk mothers

Our Goal: Improve postpartum care for low-income, high-risk mothers and reduce health disparities

Our Healthfirst Solution: We enrolled new mothers with at least one risk factor for postpartum complications and/or poor long term health outcomes in a study during their labor and delivery hospital stay. They received written educational resources (in English and Spanish), connections to community resources, and ongoing outreach after delivery, as well as transportation reimbursement (if necessary) for postpartum care appointments.

Population Health Improvements: 

  • 11% higher rate of postpartum visits, compared to control group
  • 7% higher rate of postpartum outpatient / gynecologic care, up to 90 days after delivery
  • 6% higher rate of enrollment in Medicaid six months after delivery

Takeaway: These interventions now serve as a statewide model for reducing postpartum care disparities. We have demonstrated that simple, point-of-care interventions during labor and delivery can have a meaningful impact for underserved populations. Community resources, and ongoing outreach after delivery, as well as transportation reimbursement (if necessary) for postpartum care appointments.

The women enrolled in our study showed: 

  • 11% higher rate of postpartum visits, compared to control group
  • 7% higher rate of postpartum outpatient / gynecologic care, up to 90 days after delivery
  • 6% higher rate of enrollment in Medicaid six months after delivery

The ADVANCE Health Equity initiative now serves as a statewide model for reducing postpartum care disparities. We have demonstrated that simple, point-of-care interventions during labor and delivery can have a meaningful impact for underserved populations.