Maternal and Child Health Consulting, Research, and Analytics

Ensuring the health, healthcare, and well-being of women, children and families is a vital national priority. The focus on these populations stands to change maternal and child health and healthcare outcomes across the life course and across generations, thereby reducing disparities and promoting health equity. 

Our Solutions

Truven Health Analytics™ (Truven Health) provides government and private entities with cutting edge and evidence-based substantive and methodological expertise in the field of maternal and child health.  We are dedicated to providing and implementing strategies to improve health outcomes and to facilitate and assure access to quality healthcare for women, children, youth, and families.  Our proficiency in maternal and child health practice, policy, and research allows us to leverage our novel data, analytic, and information technology resources. In collaboration with federal, state and other external experts, our research staff provides research and evaluation assistance to increase access to and promote primary care, advance quality maternal and child health programs, promote service delivery integration, and improve the health and healthcare outcomes for these critical and often under-served populations. 

Our Team

Our team comprises both highly-trained maternal and child health researchers and clinical professionals. Our researchers include experts with training in epidemiology, health services research and evaluation, economics, data management and analytics, public health, and health policy.   Our clinical team includes obstetricians, pediatricians, social workers, pharmacists, behavioral/mental health providers, and primary care physicians.  Together we bring the necessary leadership and substantive and methodological expertise in understanding maternal and child health and can develop the information stakeholders require.

Sample Projects

US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Services and Resources Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau.  Truven has recently completed a series of studies funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), Truven sought to determine if and to what extent a woman’s exposure to stressful life events prior to conception (PSLEs) was associated with preterm birth, low birth weight, health behaviors (before and during pregnancy) and method of delivery. 

March of Dimes.  In collaboration with the March of Dimes, Truven Health recently conducted a study to estimate the excess costs associated with preterm birth relative to at-term and complicated deliveries using data on privately insured individuals.  This study used data from the data from the Truven Health MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters Database (CCAE).

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  In collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Truven Health recently completed a study using data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) on the source of payment for pregnancy and childbirth hospitalizations with complicating conditions versus without complicating conditions by mode of delivery in 2011.  We examined stays for vaginal and cesarean section deliveries and compare rates of complicating conditions by expected payer type (Medicaid versus private insurance). 

US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Working with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Truven Health used data from the 2008 Medicaid Analytic Extract (MAX) file to tabulate healthcare utilization and costs overall and for behavioral health services among youth who were enrolled in Medicaid through the foster care system.

 

Recent Publications

Preterm Birth in the United States: The Impact of Stressful Life Events Prior to Conception and Maternal Age. 2013.
Witt, WP, Cheng, ER, Wisk, LE, Litzelman, K, Chatterjee, D, Mandell, K, and Wakeel F.
American Journal of Public Health. 2014 Feb;104 Suppl 1:S73-80. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301688. Epub 2013 Dec 19. PMID:24354830 [PubMed - in process].

Maternal Stressful Life Events Prior to Conception and the Impact on Infant Birthweight in the United States. 2013.
Witt, WP, Cheng, ER, Wisk, LE, Litzelman, K, Chatterjee, D, Mandell, K, and Wakeel F.
The American Journal of Public Health. 2014 Feb;104 Suppl 1:S81-9. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301544. Epub 2013 Dec 19. PMID: 24354829 [PubMed - in process].

Disparities in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine Awareness among US Parents of Preadolescents and Adolescents.
Wisk, LE, Allchin, A, Witt, WP.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
2014 Feb;41(2):117-22. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000086. PMID: 24413492 [PubMed - in process].

Determinants of Cesarean Delivery in the U.S.: A Lifecourse Approach.
Witt, WP, Wisk, LE, Cheng, ER, Mandell, K, Chatterjee, D, Wakeel, F, Godecker, AL, and Zarak, D.
Maternal and Child Health Journal
. 2014 Apr 26. [Epub ahead of print]

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