2022 Healthy Mom and Baby Innovation Competition 3.0

Help us improve access to care for underrepresented mothers and children

Parkview Health, in collaboration with MATTER, is proud to present the 2022 Healthy Mom and Baby Innovation Competition 3.0. No matter their age, all children are babies to their mothers. This year, Healthy Mom and Baby 3.0 extends its scope into improving the lives of mothers and children through pre-teen. This look at pediatrics, with a lens of increasing equity for underrepresented mothers and children, will address issues pertaining to access to care for preventive and chronic conditions. Specifically, we will focus on improving access to care for underrepresented mothers and children.

Check out the recap of the Innovation Competition 3.0 kickoff event.


Our focus

Children, regardless of their age, are always babies to their mothers. Though there has been increased attention to maternal and child health, significant improvements still need to be made to increase access to quality
healthcare.1

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Healthy children start with healthy mothers. Good health pre-pregnancy, early prenatal care and a positive environment postpartum contribute to a strong start for children.2 However, 31.1% of Indiana mothers who gave birth in 2019 didn’t receive prenatal care in the first trimester of
pregnancy.3

mother and child icon

One reason mothers may not receive necessary care is due to access. Mothers’ access to healthcare and consistent preventive care are critical to ensuring both maternal and infant health. Many insured women say their healthcare plans don’t always cover their needed medical care or that it pays less than they expected,4 and one third of women end up delaying or going without care due to costs.5

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In addition to a lack of coverage, the availability of primary care physicians hinders mothers’ access to preventive care for their children, especially in rural communities. For example, there is one primary care physician for every 1,510 Indiana residents, and in some counties, there is only one primary care physician for the entire county.6

A lack of access to consistent, high-quality and affordable healthcare increases the risk and severity of chronic conditions, healthcare costs, the risk of poor health outcomes, health disparities and mortality rate.

While Indiana is home to mothers and children that face these challenges, these issues are also unfortunately present nationally and globally. Parkview Health is called to help improve access to care for underrepresented mothers and children.
 

Find inspiration from our patient profiles


Parkview is seeking solutions that support one or more of the following tracks:
 

Track 1

Mothers before, during and after pregnancy

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Diabetes
  • Substance use disorders
  • Mental health
  • Preventative services and vaccinations
  • Pregnancy support and care
  • Postpartum support and care
  • Hypertension
Track 2

Infants from 0-18 months old

 

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Milestone checkups
  • Vaccinations
  • Safe sleep
  • Child abuse and neglect
Track 3

Children 18 months to 12 years old

 

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Milestone checkups
  • Vaccinations
  • Juvenile diabetes
  • Childhood obesity
  • Childhood asthma
  • Epilepsy
  • Autism
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Mental health

Competition details

Where

Global: Geography is not a barrier to participating in this program. The accelerator will be in a hybrid format with virtual options for those unable to travel for in-person components.

Application period

May 2 - June 24, 2022. Applications are accepted until June 24 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Prizes include:

  • Opportunity to explore pilot or partnership of your solution with Parkview
  • $10,000 cash award
  • One-year global membership with MATTER

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Timeline

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Contributing partners

Parkview is proud to also be partnering with the HIMSS Indiana Chapter and the Women’s Fund of Greater Fort Wayne for this innovation competition. With our community coming together toward this common goal, the impact will be much greater than if done alone.

Parkview Mirro Center

Matter

Women's Fund logo

Himss Indiana Chapter


© 2022 MATTER and Parkview Health Innovation.

Please contact us with any questions or comments by email parkviewchallenge@matter.health

References:

  1. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  2. 2021 Indiana Kids Count Databook
  3. Indiana Department of Health
  4. Kaiser Family Foundation
  5. Common Wealth Fund
  6. County Health Rankings