Tiffany Green Receives Funding to Study the Effects of New Medicaid Birth Cost Recovery Policy on Black Parents

CDE affiliate Tiffany Green is the recipient of a highly-competitive grant from the New Investigator Program from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the School of Medicine and Public Health. The New Investigator funding provides support for early-career faculty to initiate innovative research and/or education projects that address Wisconsin’s health issues. The Wisconsin Partnership Program is a permanent endowment at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, committed to improving health and advancing health equity through investments in community partnerships, education, and research.

Green, assistant professor in the departments of Population Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology, will lead the project “Evaluating the Impacts of Wisconsin’s Birth Cost Recovery Policy on the Health and Wellbeing of Low-Income Black Birthing Parents: A Community-Centered Approach.”

Birth Cost Recovery (BCR) holds unmarried, non-custodial fathers liable for Medicaid birth costs in Wisconsin, yet there is little known about the impact of this policy on Black birthing people in Wisconsin. This project will work to better understand how BCR and other similar social policies impact inequities in health outcomes among low-income Black birthing people throughout the state.

Green and a team of interdisciplinary experts in the fields of economics, population health, pediatrics, social work, clinical/social psychology, and community engagement will create an evaluation framework for BCR as a way of measuring the impact of this policy and collect evidence that can be useful in informing future policies and improving health outcomes statewide.