Medi-Cal Excellence in Early Childhood Outcomes Collaborative Learning Community Online Hub

The Medi-Cal Excellence in Early Childhood Outcomes (MEECOC) Collaborative Learning Community was launched in February 2022 to leverage the local experience throughout the state and share resources towards quality improvement for infant well-child visits in Medi-Cal. In Federal Fiscal Year 2020, California was in the lowest quartile of all states based on the “Percentage of Children Receiving Six or More Well-Child Visits in the First 15 Months of Life”.

The MEECOC Learning Community was born from the national Infant Well-Child Visit Learning Collaborative at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), of which California is one of eight state affinity groups participating. The core team representing California is led by the Department of Health Care Services, joined by three Medi-Cal health plan partners (Health Net, Health Plan of San Joaquin, and Partnership Health Plan), and supported by Children Now. This participation allows the group access to quality improvement technical assistance support as they identify and implement strategies to improve well-child visits for infants. The working aim is to:

“Increase the percent of children in intervention counties who complete two or more well-child visits by 6 months of age by 10 percentage points from the 2021 baseline, and decrease rate disparities for at least one racial/ethnic group by 10 percent from the 2021 baseline.”

Building on the CMS technical assistance and focused efforts of DHCS, the MEECOC Learning Community seeks to engage a broader set of stakeholders committed to infant well-visit improvement to share learnings, make connections, and align strengths. Participants in the MEECOC Learning Community include a variety of health plans, providers, and other stakeholders and advocates across the state, as listed in the table below.

State Agencies

Managed Care Plans

Health Care Providers

Other Stakeholders & Advocates

  • Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
  • Department of Public Health (CDPH)
  • Aetna Better Health of California
  • Anthem, Inc.
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield Promise
  • Central California Alliance for Health
  • Contra Costa Health Plan
  • Gold Coast Health Plan
  • Health Net
  • Health Plan of San Joaquin
  • Inland Empire Health Plan
  • L. A. Care
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Partnership HealthPlan of California
  • Santa Clara Family Health Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of California
  • Alameda Health System
  • California Health Care Safety Net Institute
  • Contra Costa Health Services
  • County of Santa Clara Health System
  • Golden Valley Health Centers
  • Kaweah Health Medical Center
  • Kern Health Systems
  • Kern Medical
  • Loma Linda University Health
  • Monterey County Health Department Clinics
  • Natividad Medical Center
  • Northern Inyo Healthcare District
  • Oak Valley Hospital District
  • Pediatrics VMC Bascom
  • Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
  • Redwood Community Health Coalition
  • Remi Vista
  • Riverside University Health System
  • Sacramento County Health Center
  • Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
  • San Joaquin County Clinics
  • San Joaquin General Hospital
  • San Mateo Medical Center
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  • Tahoe Forest Health System
  • Tahoe Forest Hospital District
  • UC Davis Health
  • UC Irvine
  • Children Now
  • First 5 Center for Children’s Policy
  • First 5 Alameda
  • First 5 Butte
  • First 5 El Dorado
  • First 5 Humboldt
  • First 5 Lake County
  • First 5 Los Angeles
  • First 5 Marin
  • First 5 Mendocino
  • First 5 Merced
  • First 5 Modoc
  • First 5 Placer
  • First 5 Riverside
  • First 5 Sacramento
  • First 5 San Joaquin
  • First 5 Santa Cruz
  • First 5 Shasta
  • First 5 Solano
  • First 5 Sonoma
  • First 5 Ventura
  • First 5 Yolo
  • Futures Without Violence
  • Solano County
  • Maternal and Child Health Access
  • Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
  • KP Public Affairs
  • Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First
  • Sacramento County
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Cruz County
  • Santa Cruz County Public Health
  • The Children’s Partnership
  • Stanford University
  • Stupski Foundation
  • UCAAN ACES Aware Network

Stakeholders can sign up to join the state Learning Community listserv and get information to participate in the bi-monthly meetings via the link below. Learning Community participants will be able to learn from and network with other Learning Community members to help facilitate local improvement in infant well-care.

Learning Community participants will be able to learn from and network with other Learning Community members to help facilitate local improvement in infant well-care. During 2022, the Learning Community will convene every other month, according to the tentative schedule below. Materials will be posted shortly after each meeting.

The MEECOC Learning Community supports the state’s goal of fortifying the pediatric and primary care foundation as laid out in Medi-Cal’s Strategy to Support Health and Opportunity for Children and Families. In support of that work, this page is updated regularly and is intended to serve as an online hub and repository for additional resources and data on quality improvement for infant well care. Email requests or suggested resources to post to: m[email protected] 

About Children Now

Children Now is a nonpartisan, multi-issue research, policy development and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children’s health and education in California. The organization also leads The Children’s Movement of California, a network of more than 4,600 direct service, parent, civil rights, faith-based and community groups dedicated to improving children’s well-being. Learn more about us at www.childrennow.org.