AIM for Innovation to Improve Maternal Health
#AIMforInnovation is a campaign designed to highlight innovations and push for new approaches to address maternal health in the U.S. The training and social media campaign launched by the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center (MHLIC) and the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) in an effort to elevate important maternal health equity resources for health professionals.
The co-branded campaign features monthly content around specific themes and topics related to AIM Safety Bundles with a variety of related resources and real-time experts shedding light on how to apply these resources to practice. Learn more about AIM’s Patient Safety Bundles here.
Check back for monthly innovation features and new campaign content.
Featured Innovations: Training & Resources
In partnership with ACOG, we are excited to support the Maternal Health Awareness campaign on 1/23. See details about ways to get involved here.
Featured resources to advance care:
- ACOG AIM Bundle: Postpartum Discharge
- MHLIC Spark Sessions, video/seminars from various innovative groups in MCH and beyond
- MHLIC’s Featured Innovations from the Maternal Health Resource Center
- ACOG Postpartum Tool Kit: Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality in the United States and Respectful Care e-Modules
- NewMomHealth.com Provider Postpartum Toolkit
In honor of Hearth Health Month, our training and resource theme surrounds heart health during prenatal and postpartum.
Featured Resources to advance care:
- Review the AIM Bundle: Cardiac Conditions in Obstetric Care
- Review AIM Bundle: Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy
- Watch this MHLIC Spark Session from the Preeclampsia Foundation: The Cuff Kit Project: “Self-Monitored Blood Pressure to Improve Diagnosis of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy During Remote Healthcare
- Cardiac Conditions in Obstetrical Care (CCOC) Introductory Video: Introduction to Cardiac Conditions in Obstetrical Care: AIM Patient Safety Bundle on Vimeo
- CCOC Consensus statement (also published in the Green Journal) ONG-22-1275 253..263 (saferbirth.org)
- Technical assistance presentation (TAP) webinar on Cardiomyopathy in pregnancy Cardiac Conditions in Obstetrical Care: Considerations for Cardiomyopathy in Pregnancy (October 2022) on Vimeo
- Perinatal Maternal Mental Health Bundle
- AIM Patient Safety Resources
- AIM Annual Meeting Plenary Session- No Health Without Mental Health: Experiences and Resources in Addressing Perinatal Mental Health Conditions (Session is from 4:33:40-5:49:00)
- Innovation Thursdays: Shades of Blue maternal mental health webinar
- Maternal Health Innovation Podcast: Episodes on maternal health, pregnancy and mental health support
- AMCHP’s Addressing Mental Health for BIPOC Communities webinar and Queering Perinatal Health podcast
- Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance Resources Center (for patients, care teams, policy makers, community organizations, and more)
- Resources for patients:
- Postpartum Support International Support Groups – Find Local Support
- National Maternal Mental Health Hotline (1-833-943-5746 (1-833-9-HELP4MOMS))
New CDC data shows that there are increasing disparities in maternal health – with Black women facing 3x higher risks of pregnancy-related mortality than white women. This disparity is largely due to inequitable policies, systemic racism, and inadequate access and care. More needs to be done to address and advance Black Maternal Health in the U.S. MHLIC and AIM are committed to making equitable, systemic, sustained changes through policy, clinical care, community engagement, data and research, and more. Let’s learn, grow, and do better.
Black Mamas Matter Alliance announced the official theme for Black Maternal Health Week 2023 (#BMHW23): “Our Bodies Belong to Us: Restoring Black Autonomy and Joy!” – happening April 11-17th. Find toolkits and information here.
Resources for Practice:
- Cultural Humility and Black Maternal Health in Historical Context Webinar Series
- Centering Equity in Maternal Health Innovation through Policy and Engagement Module
We will also be posting about Minority Health Month and Substance-Use Awareness throughout April. Check bck for updates, innovations, and tools for clinic and care teams.
While we celebrate maternal mental health, raise awareness for preeclampsia, nurses, and honor motherhood in the month of May, our teams know healthcare workers and care teams can save lives. Many care workers are integrating new technologies and working overtime to support families in maternal care deserts. This month we are highlighting innovations and best practices to advance maternal health care in rural communities.
Check out this month’s resources:
- OB Emergency Readiness Toolkit (JUST LAUNCHED!)
- AI/AN Women’s Health (Indigenous Health) Program Webpage
- ACOG’s 7th International Meeting on Indigenous Women’s Health
- ACOG hosted the 7th International Meeting on Indigenous Women’s Health last March. All sessions are available here.
- Practice Innovation Strategies: Physician Burnout by American Medical Association
- Hear Her: Stories and Resources to Raise Awareness of Urgent Maternal Warning Signs – New Resources for AI & AN Communities Webinar – Watch Here
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AIM is a national team at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) whose mission is to support best practices that make birth safer, improve maternal health outcomes and save lives. Learn more about ACOG AIM.
MHLIC’s vision is to foster collaboration and learning among diverse stakeholders to accelerate evidence-informed interventions advancing equitable maternal health outcomes through engagement, innovation, and policy.