Ecosystem

Building

Advancing reproductive and maternal health equity across the market

Due to systemic racism and economic stigma, women and other birthing people of color face barriers to reproductive and maternal healthcare, which often result in disparate reproductive and maternal health outcomes. Investment in the multibillion dollar healthcare market is one way to advance health and wellbeing, however, investments in healthcare innovation are not often deployed to address racial, ethnic or gender disparities. Our ecosystem building work seeks to:

  • incorporate a racial and gender equity lens into reproductive and maternal health investments,
  • support early and growth stage companies with the integration of equity informed best practices,
  • advance reproductive justice principles in the broader marketplace, and
  • elevate community voice through equitable partnerships.

Such an approach can spur innovation and address disparities in reproductive and maternal health outcomes.

Equipping Companies To Scale In The Medicaid Market

Early and growth stage companies struggle to navigate state and federal requirements for Medicaid coverage, oftentimes disengaging entirely rather than taking advantage of this large, high-impact market. Rhia Ventures, HealthTech4Medicaid (HT4M), and Manatt Health are equipping early and growth stage companies with the ability to expand their participation in the Medicaid market to advance reproductive and maternal health equity for the millions of women and other birthing people of color covered by Medicaid today. As part of this work, we provided a six session learning collaborative to reproductive and maternal health innovators with interest in entering or expanding their footprint in the Medicaid market.

Session 1

Introductions and Medicaid Overview

This session will provide an overview of the Medicaid program, including its evolution over time, eligibility requirements and covered services.

Session 2

Medicaid Covered Benefits

This session will support participant understanding of how their services fit into the rubric of the Medicaid program.

Session 3

Entrepreneurship Journey in Medicaid

This session will share lessons learned from health technology entrepreneurs in the Medicaid market.

Session 4

Medicaid Financing

This session will help participants understand how their offerings fit into the rubric of the Medicaid program.

Session 5

Advancing Health Equity in Medicaid

This session will sharpen participant understanding of health equity.

Session 6

Buyers Market

This session will provide a panel discussion of the health technologies that provided the greatest health impact over the past decade and a look at what to expect over the next decade.