Partnership Representatives Testify on Community-Based Care
On Thursday, December 6, 2018, Carolyn DeBoer, the Partnership’s Director of Corporate Planning, and Dr. Andrew Rubenstein, Section Chief of Obstetrics at Hackensack University Medical Center and the Partnership’s Quality Improvement Committee Chair, testified before a joint meeting of the New Jersey Assembly Human Services and Women and Children Committees.
Committee members invited the speakers to share information about community-based programs that can help to address New Jersey’s high rates of maternal mortality and racial disparities in perinatal outcomes. They heard testimony about the success of evidence-based home visitation programs, such as the Partnership’s Healthy Women, Healthy Families and Healthy Start initiatives that employ Community Health Workers, and community-based doulas.
Ms. DeBoer shared examples of states such as California, Oregon, New York, and Minnesota, that have sought waivers to incentivize best practices and to allow home visitation and doula services to be reimbursable through Medicaid. “We’re thankful for the Committee Members’ time. Expanding these programs and finding more sustainable funding streams is so important to ensure that New Jersey’s women are safe and healthy,” she said. “Community-based solutions are such an important addition to the use of best practices in clinical care. We all need to work together for the health of women and children.”