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The MHLIC serves as a national hub to connect maternal health learners with maternal health “doers” across the country, cataloging and disseminating best practices related to maternal health improvement. Our team is working diligently to collect the best training and other resources and make them available here.
Each month, our team will share some top resources and events, hosted by MHLIC and partners. To receive these resources straight to your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter.
‘Enhancing Virtual Meetings’ There has been a huge shift in how we meet and collaborate and therefore important that even in a virtual space, meetings are still effective.
HRSA webinar, “Using Telehealth to Screen for Maternal Mental Health Issues,” on October 14, 2020 at 1:00pm EST. The HRSA-funded MDRBD Vermont STAMPP team is the primary presenter.
New rural maternal health research brief: Obstetric Emergencies in Rural Hospitals: Challenges and Opportunities. This policy brief from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center describes the challenges rural hospitals face in providing emergency obstetric care and highlights resources that could help rural hospitals more safely respond to obstetric emergencies.
Hear Her Campaign
CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health is committed to healthy pregnancies and deliveries for every woman. The Hear Her campaign supports CDC’s efforts to prevent pregnancy-related deaths by sharing potentially life-saving messages about urgent warning signs.
Women know their own bodies better than anyone and can often tell when something does not feel right. The campaign seeks to encourage partners, friends, family, coworkers, and providers—anyone who supports pregnant and postpartum women—to really listen when she tells you something doesn’t feel right. Acting quickly could help save her life.
Black Mamas Matter Alliance shared several resources in their recent newsletter. Sign up for their updates here.
Open Letter: National Call for Birth Justice and Accountability
In the United States, women are more likely to die from complications of pregnancy and birth than in any other high-resource country. Black and Indigenous women are 2 to 3 times more likely than white women to die. Leaders, organizations, and allies in the birth and reproductive justice movements are calling for accountability, birth justice and legal guarantees for safe, respectful anti-racist care.
Black Breastfeeding Week Activities – Black Breastfeeding Week is August 25-31.
July Black Maternal Health Caucus Summit Recording
Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Alma Adams (NC-12), founders and co-chairs of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, convened more than 100 organizations working to address the Black maternal health crisis for a virtual stakeholder summit.
Engagement and Equity are central to any maternal health work and are integrated throughout our work at MHLIC. Please check back regularly for updated engagement and equity resources.
Equity and Engagement Webinar Series: One of the ways MHLIC advances equity is through learning opportunities related to community and provider engagement. Click on the links below to access some recent resources on various engagement topics.
May 2020: Cultural Humility and Black Maternal Health in Historical Context, Dr. Jann Murray-Garcia. Click here to watch.
April 2020: Listening to Understand and Not to Respond Across Different Cultural Contexts, Camie Jae Goldhammer. Click here to watch.
March 2020: Coming Face to Face with my Biased Self, Dr. Clifton Kenon, Jr. Click here to watch.
Our Racial Equity Resource List is a curated list of trainings, resources, and speakers focused on racial and health equity, implicit bias, and maternal and child health.
Tracker of Federal Maternal Health Bills
The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) joined with the National Partnership for Women and Families and Every Mother Counts to develop a tracker of Maternal Health Bills recently introduced in Congress to improve maternal health outcomes and address persistent dire inequities.
COVID-19 Related Resources
Center for Reproductive Rights: Safeguarding Maternal Health and Rights in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This brief from the Center for Reproductive Rights provides guidance for government officials and health care decision makers to ensure that pregnant people have access to high quality, respectful maternal health care during this time.
Medicaid Emergency Authority Tracker: Approved State Actions to Address COVID-19
The Kaiser Family Foundation aggregates tracking information on approved Medicaid emergency authorities to address the COVID-19 Coronavirus emergency.
National Academy for State Health Policy Map of State’s Efforts to Extend Medicaid Coverage to Postpartum Women
Extending Medicaid coverage to postpartum women beyond 60 days is emerging as a key state strategy to address the maternal mortality crisis. This interactive map and chart summarize proposed and approved legislation since 2018, Medicaid waivers, financial estimates, and other initiatives designed to extend coverage during the postpartum period.
Equitable Maternal Health Coalition Continuing Medicaid/CHIP Postpartum Coverage Toolkits
To help advance collective advocacy efforts to extend Medicaid and CHIP coverage for a minimum of 12 months postpartum, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, March of Dimes, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine partnered with Manatt Health to develop a suite of resources geared toward both federal and state lawmakers that make the case for extending postpartum coverage.
Institute for Medicaid Innovation: Improving Maternal Health Access, Coverage, and Outcomes in Medicaid
This report reflects the Institute for Medicaid Innovation’s ambitious national project to answer critical questions that are needed to advance maternal health, specific to the midwifery-led model of care, for the Medicaid population. This resource is intended for Medicaid stakeholders, including state Medicaid agencies and Medicaid managed care organizations that are dedicated to improving maternal health outcomes for Medicaid recipients, their families, and communities.
Four State Strategies to Employ Doulas to Improve Maternal Health and Birth Outcomes in Medicaid
This report from the National Academy for State Health Policy highlights how four state programs support doula services to women covered by Medicaid.
Institute for Medicaid Innovation: Community-Based Maternal Support Services: The Role of Doulas and Community Health Workers in Medicaid
This report explores how community based maternal support services provided by community-based doulas and maternity community health workers improve maternal health outcomes.
Government Accountability Office: Trends in Pregnancy Related Deaths and Federal Efforts to Reduce Them
In this report, the GAO describes, among other things, (1) trends in pregnancy-related deaths in the United States, including trends in causes and timing of these deaths, and (2) HHS funding efforts focused on reducing pregnancy-related deaths.
MHLIC and collaborating partners develop training materials and opportunities specifically designed for the twelve HRSA-funded state MHI and RMOMS teams.
MHLIC Learning Institutes
The MHLIC hosts learning institutes for HRSA-funded state MHI and RMOMS teams throughout the year. Learning Institutes are learning events co-designed with MHLIC, HRSA, and the state MHI and RMOMS teams with a focus on active application of new knowledge and skills.
- Spring 2020 Institute Materials[link to: https://maternalhealthlearning.org/home/spring-2020-learning-institute/] (Content is password protected).
- The next Learning Institute will be held virtually in September 2020.
Peer Learning and Collaboration
The MHLIC facilitates peer learning and collaboration among state MHI and RMOMS teams. MHLIC is developing a Teams Collaboration Site for HRSA-funded collaborating partners to share resources and access a discussion board.
For information about upcoming Learning Institutes or other training for HRSA-funded collaborating partners, contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org)