CareSource, a mission-driven Medicaid plan serving more than 500,000 Georgians, announced today a joint effort with Walmart and Johnson & Johnson to launch a new program supporting Black maternal health across the state of Georgia.
Through the collaboration, CareSource, Walmart and Johnson & Johnson seek to impact the maternal health rate in Georgia through pre-pregnancy planning, prenatal and postnatal care initiatives.
Initial pilot programs are underway in Georgia, where CareSource has been engaged as the sole health plan collaborator. The design of the pilots was informed by the needs of the community to address different factors that have helped to create and perpetuate the Black maternal health crisis. Areas of focus include digital solutions to provide high-touch pregnancy care, health care provider education and self-care support.
The shared hope of the collaboration is that by addressing racial and health equity within these programs, more clinical and social needs will be met, leading to better outcomes for mom and baby.
“It is a privilege to partner with Walmart and Johnson & Johnson to create programs and solutions to address the health and wellness of Black mothers,” said Dr. David Williams, executive vice president and chief medical officer at CareSource. “Our goal for this initiative is clear-cut, to improve health outcomes for Black mothers and their babies.”
Unfortunately, due to historical marginalization and social determinants of health, there continue to be inequities in maternal health outcomes. In the United States, Black women are three times more likely to die during pregnancy and postpartum than white women. CareSource is an advocate and leader for removing maternal health barriers in Georgia and its other markets.
These resources are now available to expecting mothers and health care providers across the state of Georgia. If you are an expectant mother in Georgia interested in the pilot program, please visit georgiamamacare.com.