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United Health Foundation Grant Funds Wisconsin Coordinated Care Program for New, Expectant Mothers

April 4, 2017

United Health Foundation and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will create a program to improve women's health and birth outcomes, and reduce health disparities. The Periscope (PERInatal Specialty COnsult Psychiatry Extension) Project aims to provide real-time care coordination, behavioral health services and support for new and expectant mothers across southeast Wisconsin. Primary-care providers will have access to care-coordination services including:  

  • Immediate, real-time, peer-to-peer access to consultation by a perinatal psychiatrist;
  • A Periscope Project coordinator to help identify community resources, and;
  • Digital resources via MCW's website featuring a care provider toolkit composed of medical management resources including assessment tools, treatment algorithms, treatment information and continuing medical education (CME) modules.

The project is funded by a $1.2 million grant by United Health Foundation, and is part of the foundation's city-based approach to provide resources to organizations that connect communities to care, support whole-person health and build healthier communities.

The Periscope Project combines a multi-institution and multi-discipline targeted approach with a strong commitment to advancing and integrating cost-effective best practices for the care and treatment of perinatal women.

According to the 2016 America's Health Rankings® Health of Women and Children Report, more than 14 percent of women ages 18 to 44 in Wisconsin use alcohol during pregnancy, signaling a need for increased substance-abuse consultation and access to care during these critical months. The Periscope Project will ensure new and expectant mothers have access to these services, in addition to specialty perinatal psychiatric care.

The United Health Foundation grant will be awarded over three years, with an additional $200,000 from the State of Wisconsin through the Title V Maternal Health Block Grant.

For additional information on Women’s Health during pregnancy or UnitedHealthcare’s Health Pregnancy program, visit uhc.com.

Learn more about UnitedHealth Group’s Social Responsibility initiatives at unitedhealthgroup.com/SocialResponsibility.

Contact your UnitedHealthcare representative with any questions.