Recent maternal mortality data released by the CDC in February 2022 show that maternal deaths in the U.S. increased from 754 to 861 deaths per year. The death rate among […]
Medicaid Coverage of Pregnancy-Related Services: Findings from a 2021 State Survey
Medicaid covers more than four in ten births nationally and the majority of births in several states. This survey asked states about the specific maternity services they cover. The range […]
Postpartum Toolkit For Providers
Optimal clinical support in the early days, weeks, and months after childbirth is important for the health and well-being of new parents and their baby. The 4th Trimester Project supports […]
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective Trainings
BEAM offers skill based trainings that help Black communities learn healing justice informed peer support practices. BEAM works with leaders and teams in non-profit organizations, social justice movements and corporations […]
A Toolkit to Advance Racial Health Equity in Primary Care Improvement
This toolkit is designed to help those who provide, pay for, or support primary care translate their commitment to racial health equity into reality. Regardless of where you sit in […]
Reproductive Wellness for Women with Chronic Conditions
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Local Wellness Funds: Advancing the Practice
Local wellness funds are a dedicated and sustainable pool of locally controlled funds created to support community well-being by improving health outcomes and reducing health inequities. These funds could be […]
Listening to and Justly Partnering with Community-Led Perinatal Health Solutions
State Title V/Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs across the United States are eager to implement solutions created with communities to urgently close racial disparities in maternal health outcomes. There […]
Health Affairs Journal – February 2022
This edition of the Health Affairs Journal was dedicated to racism and health.
Journal of Public Health Management & Practice – January/February 2022
The January/February 2022 edition was dedicated to tackling structural racism and racial/ethnic inequities in pregnancy and communities.
Extending Postpartum Medicaid Coverage: State Pathways and Policy Impacts
Medicaid covers nearly half of all births in the United States. As such, state actions to change aspects of the program, like the length of coverage during the postpartum period, […]
Intersectionality Policymaking Toolkit
Grounded in core tenets of intersectionality, the Intersectionality Policymaking Toolkit (IPT) was developed to help policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders with their health equity work in the area of maternal […]
Virginia Invests in Doulas to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes
The United States is facing a maternal health crisis with poor maternal health outcomes. Across the country, states have adopted many strategies to address maternal mortality and morbidity. One state […]
Top Equity Resources for Pursuing Change in 2021
A collection of NICHQ articles and webinars that the community found most valuable in their equity journeys.
State-Level Social and Economic Policies and Their Association With Perinatal and Infant Outcomes
State-level social and economic policies have the potential to reduce adverse perinatal and infant health outcomes in the United States. Those states with the least expansive policies should therefore consider […]
Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research (CHEER)
Located at Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine, CHEER is a world class center for maternal child health advocacy, training and research.
Maternal Mortality Review Committees: Sharing Power with Communities
This report summarizes the findings of an environmental scan conducted by a project team within the Black Mamas Matter Alliance in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]
The Cycle to Respectful Care: A Qualitative Approach to the Creation of an Actionable Framework to Address Maternal Outcome Disparities
Abstract Despite persistent disparities in maternity care outcomes, there are limited resources to guide clinical practice and clinician behavior to dismantle biased practices and beliefs, structural and institutional racism, and […]
A Racial Equity Framework for Assessing Health Policy
Public policy is a powerful determinant of racial inequity in health, but we lack tools for examining how the entire policymaking process impacts racial inequities. The Racial Equity and Policy […]
Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication
To build a healthier America for all, we must confront the systems and policies that have resulted in the generational injustice that has given rise to health inequities. The CDC […]
Sepsis in Pregnancy
Pregnancy-related sepsis is a life-threatening medical emergency defined as organ dysfunction resulting from infection during pregnancy, childbirth, post-abortion, miscarriage, or the postpartum period. In the United States, sepsis or infection […]
Intimate Partner Violence and Maternal Access to Care Webinar
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You Quit Two Quit
You Quit, Two Quit, a program of the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health, was launched in July 2008. This program supports comprehensive tobacco use screening and cessation counseling for […]
State Harm Reduction Strategies: Improving Outcomes for Reproductive-Aged Women Who Use Substances
The purpose of this AMCHP-National Association of State and Alcohol Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) project is to highlight common harm reduction strategies used by state Maternal and Child Health (MCH) […]
Preeclampsia Foundation is working to help research move forward to better understand how to diagnose, treat, and eventually prevent the poor outcomes preeclampsia can have on patients and their families. […]
Putting Maternal Mental Health on the Map
State Resources and Policy Much of the work addressing maternal mental health has been done at the state level,with states creating task forces, passing legislation that requires educating healthcare providers […]
Healing Through Policy: Sample Policies and Practices to Address Systemic Health and Racial Inequities
Launched in October 2021, Healing Through Policy: Creating Pathways to Racial Justice is an initiative of the de Beaumont Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Collaborative for Health Equity. The policy and practice suite is […]
Advancing Health Equity Through Improved Access to Patient-Centered Contraceptive Care
In Advancing Health Equity Through Improved Access to Patient-Centered Contraceptive Care, Families USA brings the latest and most relevant patient-centered outcomes research to bear on the issue of patient-centered contraceptive […]
Perinatal Cannabis Use in the Era of Increasing Legalization: Considerations for State MCH Programs
Approximately one in 20 people report using cannabis while pregnant, making it the most used federally illicit substance by pregnant people in the U.S., according to SAMSHA. The potential harms […]
Providers of Color: Online Directory
Postpartum Support International maintains an online directory of providers and providers of color with special interest in treating and serving families and women experiencing perinatal mental health issues.
Postpartum Support International Certificate Trainings
Postpartum Support International offers a variety of certificate trainings in perinatal mental health for nurses, physicians, social workers, mental health providers, childbirth professionals, social support providers, or anyone interested in […]
Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
This issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice describes public health interventions designed to address structural racism. These interventions might be expected to have an impact on […]
Charting a Course for an Equity-Centered Data System: Recommendations from the National Commission to Transform Public Health Data Systems
Data are the building blocks for how we describe the health of people and the communities where they live—stories that emerge from data help the nation understand and contextualize what […]
Digital Solutions in Perinatal Care
In the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) “Seven in Seven” podcast series, they explore ways 7 health care organizations are using a digital solution to improve access and delivery of perinatal […]
Breatfeeding | Human Medicine: Inter-Professional Education
This online module includes “real life” video scenarios with entertaining narratives, interactive Q&A, interviews with health care professionals, and short PowerPoint™ slide decks to provide 3 to 4 hours of […]
Closing the Racial Maternal Health Gap with Better Data
Surgo Ventures hosted a virtual panel event on October 20, 2021: Closing the Racial Maternal Health Gap with Better Data. Experts discussed how we can pair better data with better […]
Maternal Telehealth Access Project (MTAP)
Maternal Telehealth Access Project was funded in May 2020 for one year by the CARES Act to increase access to quality maternity care and services via telehealth during (and beyond) […]
MHLIC September Leadership Series
These virtual conversations feature practical tips and inspiration from maternal health and public health leaders about the leadership skills they have built and leveraged to move initiatives forward.
How Focusing on Perinatal Mental Health will Improve Well-Being of Mothers, Families, Communities
Mental health disorders are the second leading cause of death among new mothers between 43 days and one-year postpartum. Women of color have double the rates of Postpartum Depression, with […]
Improving Our Maternity Care Now Through Midwifery
Research shows that there are specific care models that can make a concrete difference in improving maternity care quality and producing better outcomes, especially for birthing people of color. One […]
Innovation Thursdays – Canopie
Anne Wanlund, co-founder of Canopie, discusses this innovative app that provides digital guided self-help for maternal health with a cognitive-based therapy (CBT) core structure.
Innovation Thursdays – Health in Her Hue
Innovation Thursdays – Boober
Founder Jada Shapiro discusses support services provided to birth care workers and birthing people through Boober and Birth Day Presence. She also provides a clear outline of the needs for […]
I PROMOTE-IL is one of nine projects funded by HRSA’s State Maternal Health (MHI) Innovation Program. The MHI program was developed to support states implementing novel approaches to address maternal […]
Underserved Populations in Healthcare: 5 Ways to Bridge the Gap
This guide provides detailed insights and resources on the following topics: A Look into What are Health Inequities Bridging Health Equality for African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, New Mothers, People […]
Evidence Based Birth
Evidence Based Birth’s mission is to raise the quality of childbirth care globally, by putting accurate, evidence based research into the hands of families and communities, so they can make informed, […]
Postpartum Support International
PSI brings together families, communities, and professionals working to support families during pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and the postpartum period. Explore their Professionals Section for information and links to the most […]
Reversing the US Maternal Mortality Crisis
The Aspen Health Strategy Group met in October 2020 to take on hard questions related to the maternal mortality crisis and to develop a portfolio of five recommendations to address […]
Do No Harm Guide: Applying Equity Awareness in Data Visualization
Urban Institute | Jonathan Schwabish, Alice Feng Resource Summary This guide discusses how to use an equity lens in every step of the data process: from data collection to presentation. The authors interviewed 20 individuals who approach inclusivity in their […]
Maternal Health Innovation Podcast
SEASON 2 COMING SOON! Join us as we speak with experts about ways we can better serve women and birthing people and advance maternal health equity. From what is going […]
The Melanated Mammary Atlas™
Re-envisioning diagnostics. Transforming support. Normalizing brown breasts. The Melanated Mammary Atlas™ improves care for the underserved by broadening the health professional knowledge base in real-time, one image at a time. […]
Bridging the Chasm between Pregnancy and Health over the Life Course: A National Agenda for Research and Action
Abstract Background Many pregnant people find no bridge to ongoing specialty or primary care after giving birth, even when clinical and social complications of pregnancy signal need. Black, indigenous, and […]
Confronting Health Misinformation: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Building a Healthy Information Environment
Excerpt During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been exposed to a great deal of information: news, public health guidance, fact sheets, infographics, research, opinions, rumors, myths, falsehoods, and more. The […]
A Novel Method for Involving Women of Color at High Risk for Preterm Birth in Research Priority Setting
Abstract Involvement of patients and the public is now recognized to be essential for the good conduct of research. Patient and public involvement in research priority setting and funding decisions […]
North Carolina Health Equity Impact Assessment
NC Child in partnership with the Division of Public Health Women’s Health Branch and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities have partnered to develop a tool – the […]
American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is a professional organization for certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs). They set standards for midwifery education and practice through programs and projects […]
Doula Care in the United States
“The lack of uniformity in federal requirements for doula certification makes it difficult to assess how many doulas there are in the United States.” This report provides insight to how […]
Innovation Thursdays: The Perinatal Health Equity Foundation
AMCHP Maternal Health Bill Tracker (117th Congress)
Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) has developed a maternal health bill tracker for the 117th Congress. The tracker is designed to help anyone interested in maternal health […]
Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program: Highlights and Lessons Learned from the Planning Year (2019 – 2020)
In this webinar, the evaluation team, Mission Analytics Group, Inc. and Insight Policy Research, will present findings from the first evaluation report on the RMOMS program. FORHP funded three awardees […]
Innovation Thursdays: Radical Health
Innovation Thursdays: Shades of Blue Project
This organization brings Black maternal mental health to the forefront. Learn more about their important work.
Doulas: Supporting Models that Support Families
Evidence shows that doula support during pregnancy and birth improves the health of both mothers and babies, yet there are many barriers to accessing doula care. In this panel presentation, […]
This is a campaign from Preeclampsia.org which focuses not just on repeating that preeclampsia survivors have risks beyond pregnancy, but recognizing its emotional impact and educating and empowering the community […]
AMCHP’s Implementation Toolkit for National Performance Measure 2
This toolkit contains resources, tools, and examples of strategies Title V programs and their partners can use to address NPM 2. Title V can play a unique role in advancing […]
Addressing Mental Health in BIPOC Communities: Key Cultural Considerations for MCH
Objectives: Increase understanding of the cultural context for mental health programming and service delivery in underserved communities; and Identify one strategy for addressing mental health in underserved communities Supplemental Resources: […]
Reviewing Policies for Equity Impact: A Tool to Support Equitable Maternal Health Outcomes
Implementing targeted policies is a powerful strategy for eliminating racial inequities in maternal health outcomes. In this webinar recorded on May 14, 2021, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, Director of the Prenatal-to-3 […]
Achieving Breastfeeding Equity and Justice
in Black Communities:
Past, Present, and Future
This paper was published in June 2021 in Breastfeeding Medicine. Authors: Ifeyinwa V. Asiodu, Kimarie Bugg, and Aunchalee E.L. Palmquist AbstractBackground: Breastfeeding is protective of maternal and infant health across the life […]
Johns Hopkins COVID-19, Maternal and Child Health, and Nutrition Repository
This repository was compiled by the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and provides an overview of research on COVID-19, maternal and child health (including infants), and nutrition. This repository includes scientific publications from 1 February 2020 […]
Maternal Mortality in the United States: A Primer
Understanding the evidence on maternal mortality and its causes is a key step in crafting health care delivery and policy solutions at the state or federal level. This data brief […]
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Maternal Health Care
This free, 2-hour e-learning program is designed for providers and students seeking knowledge and skills related to cultural competency, cultural humility, person-centered care, and combating implicit bias across the continuum […]
Promoting Better Maternal Health Outcomes by Closing the Medicaid Postpartum Coverage Gap
The Century Foundation examined the impact of Medicaid coverage loss at 60 days postpartum by conducting qualitative analyses of public policy efforts in Illinois, New Jersey and South Carolina.
Advancing Racial Equity in Maternal Mental Health Policy
This brief offers a variety of strategies that policymakers and advocates can use to advance racial equity in maternal mental health. It offers effective models from communities across the country […]
Analysis of Federal Bills to Strengthen Maternal Healthcare
Summaries of several bills on maternal health currently pending in Congress.
Maternal Mortality Review Committees
Detailed accounting of MMRCs in all 50 states with useful tables comparing across multiple dimension.
Eliminating Racial Disparities in Maternal and Infant Mortality A Comprehensive Policy Blueprint
This report provides a comprehensive policy framework to eliminate racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality. Too often, policy conversations about maternal and infant health take place separately despite the […]
Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance – Policy Resources
Since the early 2000s, awareness about maternal mental health issues has grown exponentially. MMHLA is committed to harnessing this energy and enthusiasm to create meaningful change at the federal level […]
Review to Action – Maternal Mortality Review Map and State Profiles
Maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs) identify, review, and analyze maternal deaths, and disseminate and act on findings. Not every state in the U.S. has a MMRC, but every day momentum […]
Review to Action – Authority and Protections for State Maternal Mortality Review Committees
Window into detailed policies relevant for MMRC’s.
The Maternity Medical Home: The Chassis for a More Holistic Model of Pregnancy Care?
Many health systems and states in the US attempting to scale Triple Aim approaches to care implemented elements of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) as a foundation in their work. […]
Extending Medicaid Coverage For Postpartum Moms
Women often struggle to get the care they need in the fourth trimester (the 12 weeks following childbirth). This blog discusses the issues and potential solutions around extending postpartum coverage […]
Women In The United States Experience High Rates Of Coverage ‘Churn’ In Months Before And After Childbirth
Insurance transitions—sometimes referred to as “churn”—before and after childbirth can adversely affect the continuity and quality of care. Yet little is known about coverage patterns and changes for women giving […]
Expanding Postpartum Medicaid Coverage
This brief discusses Medicaid’s eligibility for pregnancy and postpartum care, describes gaps in coverage particularly for low-income women who live in states that have not expanded Medicaid under the ACA, […]
Medicaid Expansion Fills Gaps in Maternal Health Coverage Leading to Healthier Mothers and Babies
In this paper we review the substantial new research showing the significant improvements in access to health coverage for women of childbearing age achieved through the adoption of the Affordable […]
NCSL’s Maternal and Child Health Database
Through the interactive database on this page, find up-to-date information about enacted maternal and child health (MCH) legislation. Legislative topics include newborn screening, women’s health, childhood obesity and nutrition, maternal […]
Mind the Gap: A Strategic Roadmap to Address America’s Silent Health Crisis: Untreated and Unaddressed Perinatal Mental Health Disorders
Mind the Gap is a Collective Impact Initiative led by Postpartum Support International (PSI), in partnership with a broad-based stakeholder coalition comprised of leading experts from national professional and advocacy […]
Improving Access to Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities
CMS has aligned health policies to its Rural Health Strategy and its new Rethinking Rural Health Initiative and released its first Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard to […]
Current State Telehealth Laws & Reimbursement Policies
This resource helps you stay informed about telehealth-related laws, regulations and Medicaid programs. The map and search options cover current laws and regulations for all fifty states and the District […]
Inventory of State-Level Medicaid Policies, Programs, and Initiatives to Improve Maternity Care and Outcomes
The inventory includes a summary tab as well as a detailed tab that provides additional information about each policy/initiative and allows users to filter to the categories or subcategories of […]
Black Birthing Bill of Rights
The Black Birthing Bill of Rights is a resource for every black person that engages in maternity care. Created by the National Association to Advance Black Birth (NAABB) want each […]
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Resource List
This list was gathered by MHLIC team members. It features resources based on racial and health equity, implicit bias, and cultural competency.
Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM)
AIM is a national data-driven maternal safety and quality improvement initiative based on interdisciplinary consensus-based practices to improving maternal safety and outcomes. The program provides implementation and data support for […]
CMS Releases State Funding to Improve Integrated Care for Children and Pregnant and Postpartum Women Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two highly anticipated initiatives — the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model and the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model — which […]
Using Data, Incentives, and Innovation, Three States Work to Improve Maternal Vaccination Rates
Three states are trying a number of innovative approaches to increase vaccination rates among pregnant women by providing incentives to health plans, increasing access to vaccinations through pharmacies, and using […]
New Eight-State Policy Academy Advances Access to Care for Pregnant/Parenting Women with SUD
Substance use disorders (SUD) and mental health conditions are prevalent among pregnant and parenting women in the United States, and they have far-reaching consequences for the health and well-being of […]
Infographic: State Team-Based Care Strategies for Medicaid-Eligible Women
Washington, DC, Montana, and Minnesota review of their respective strategies.
Case Studies: How Tennessee and California Medicaid Programs Promote Access to Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception
Increasing women’s access to postpartum birth control has the potential to increase the health and well-being of women and their families, and immediate postpartum birth control can lead to a […]
Medicaid Disaster Relief for the COVID-19 National Emergency State Plan Amendment Instructions
States (including the District of Columbia and territories) can request approval of specific changes related to the national emergency declared due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Click ‘View Now’ for the […]
Maternal And Child Health Database
With this interactive database, find up-to-date information about enacted maternal and child health (MCH) legislation. Legislative topics include newborn screening, women’s health, childhood obesity and nutrition, maternal and infant mortality, maternal and child […]
State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit: Policy Considerations for States Expanding Use of Telehealth
Although telehealth services have been available in many states for decades, the recent public health emergency (PHE) resulting from COVID-19 has accelerated the interest in service delivery through telehealth. The […]
New Jersey’s Project ECHO Builds Provider Capacity to Support Maternal and Child Health during COVID-19
Confronted with a pandemic that impacts the health of women and children – ranging from pregnancy and delivery to access to substance abuse treatment – a consortium of New Jersey […]
CDC Levels of Care Assessment Tool (CDC LOCATe)
In addition to standardized clinical level of care assessment tools, the CDC makes available assessment outcome data for participating states, which can be used in conjunction with vital records data […]
Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Environmental Scan
Conducted by multiple stakeholders, this environmental scan describes the methodology and findings to identify definitions, risk factors, processes, and innovations relevant to maternal morbidity and mortality care delivery and measurement. […]
Black Mamas Matter: A Toolkit for Advancing the Human Right to Sage and Respectful Maternal Health Care
A comprehensive clinical toolkit with resources and recommendations to improve maternal health, rights, and respect in the black population.
Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System (PMSS)
Data at the national and state levels on pregnancy-related deaths.
Analysis of Federal Bills to Strengthen Maternal Health Care
This handy resource describes currently enacted and proposed Federal legislation in terms of their potential impact on women’s healthcare access and maternal health outcomes.
Maternal Health in the United States: Findings from the Health Resources and Services Administration and Partners
A collection of free-to-read articles describing research regarding and initiatives to aid with maternal morality and maternal health in the United States.
Maternal Mortality Review Committees
Charts of maternal mortality review committees’ scope and structure across the U.S.
Rural Health Information Hub Topic Resources
A list of resources and information on a number of topics relevant to rural healthcare access and outcomes.
Addressing Racial Bias in Maternal Health Outcomes Through Data Disaggregation
An October 2020 webinar discussing data disaggregation as a tool to address race equity in maternal health outcomes.
Global Webinar Series on COVID-19, newborn, and perinatal health
A series of webinars related to perinatal health during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
AAMC Maternal Health Equity Webinar Series
A series of webinars related to race equity and maternal health (2020).
Maternal Health Webinar
A series of webinars, including ones related to hospital practice and maternal and child health.
EnRICH Webinar Series
A series of webinars featuring national experts and practitionners disseminating innovative approaches to challenges in maternal and child health research and practice.
State Infant Mortality (SIM) Toolkit: A Standardized Approach for Examining Infant Mortality
A comprehensive and cross-disciplinary tollkit to enabl teams to better track and report data indicators related to infant health.
National Network of Perinatal Quality Collaboratives
An overview and link to state sites for all Perinatal Quality Collaboratives, including examples of data-driven QI projects.
Our World in Data: Maternal Mortality
A highly visual resource of maps, data indicators, and commentary on global maternal mortality.
MCH Data Connect at Harvard School of Public Health
A searchable catalog of datasets, interactive tools, and other resources related to maternal, family, and child health.
CDC Reproductive Health Data Resource Tools
This list of data sources from the CDC includes the PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System), the Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death data and more.
Maternal Health Data Visualization, Publications, and Infographics
Maternal health, mortality, and morbidity data across all countries, with interactive maps, charts, and factsheets.
Maternal Health Data Visualization, Maps, and Factsheets
Visually compelling presentations of maternal health data from around the globe.
Achieving Health Equity….Addressing Racism as a Threat to the Health and Well-being of our nation
This presentation equips public health workers with tools for motivating, initiating, and sustaining work to address health equity. These tools include the “Cliff Analogy” animation which distills three levels of […]
Implicit Bias Resource Guide
Setting the Standard for Holistic Care of and for Black Women
This paper provides a summary of recommendations that are essential in providing equitable clinical care to women of color.
Using Equity in Fatality Reviews
This video provides information about equity and an understanding of how hard this work is. It also provides ideas on how to process and ensure that the work is done […]
Health Equity Impact – Implementation Guide Assessment
The Heath Equity Implementation Guide is an adapted assessment from Washington (state) to address programs, policies and / or procedures in community health centers, health departments or other organizations. The […]
Project Implicit Bias
This site offers multiple implicit association tests that can enable individuals to discover their preferences in terms of gender, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, age, and other demographic characteristics that […]
Four Steps to Address Racism’s Impact on Maternal and Child Health
This article provides a summary of four key strategies which can help those working in maternal and child health better address and respond to the effects of racism.
Birth Equity During COVID-19
The ability of birthing people to access quality reproductive and maternal health services during the COVID-19 crisis is important. This is especially important for BIPOC who disproportionately experience a lack […]
Perinatal Healthcare Equity Resources
Implicit bias e-Learning course for perinatal providers that will cover all of the learning requirements for an evidence-based implicit bias program (Section 123630.6) of California Senate Bill 464. This course […]
Using Social Determinants of Health Data to Improve Health Care and Health: A Learning Report
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report on “current and potential future uses of SDOH-related data to improve health and health care and promote a Culture of Health.”
Moving Toward Health Equity by Addressing Social Determinants of Health
Open access article in the Journal for Women’s Health on the role of nurses around SDoH in maternity care.
Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)
Open access article in the NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery Journal that provides an overview of SDoH and health care system work in this area.
Developing Primary Care–Based Recommendations for Social Determinants of Health: Methods of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Open access article in the Annals of Internal Medicine on SDoH screening and management. Authors: Karina W. Davidson, PhD, MASc, Alex R. Kemper, MD, MPH, MS, Chyke A. Doubeni, MD, […]
Addressing the Maternal Mortality Crisis in the Ambulatory Setting: A Quality Improvement Approach
The Chicago Collaborative for Maternal Health, led by AllianceChicago and EverThrive Illinois, aims to improve maternal health outcomes in the ambulatory care setting via quality improvement initiatives, community engagement, and […]
The Well-Woman Chart: A Preventive Health Services Tool For All Women
Developed by a coalition of national health professional organizations and consumer and patient advocates, the Well-Woman Chart is a comprehensive tool that summarizes preventive services recommendations for women. The Women’s […]
Stage-based implementation of immediated postpartum long-acting reversible contraception using a reproductive justice framework
The immediate postpartum period is a favorable, safe, and effective time to provide long-acting reversible contraceptives, yet it is not available widely. We describe an innovative hospital-based approach to immediate […]
Hybrid telesimulation with standardized patients increases healthcare professionals’ translation of skills to the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants
This session details the development of a Lactation Support in a Telehealth Setting Course (The Course) with a high-fidelity breast model. The online, asynchronous course spans topics in clinical lactation, […]
National Doula Network: Changing lives one birth at a time
The National Doula Network is a provider network of credentialed, certified doulas that are reimbursed a living wage for providing birth doula services to Medicaid families in Florida. Beyond securing […]
Integrating Behavioral Health and Community Outreach in a Free-Standing Birth Center
The Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health has started two new programs to better serve Medicaid beneficiaries. The first program was an integrated behavioral health program to engage pregnant […]
Iowa Statewide Implementation of AWHONN’s POST-BIRTH Warning Signs
According to recent statistics in Iowa’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee report, 56% of the maternal deaths reviewed were postpartum deaths. Iowa is implementing statewide AWHONN’s POST-BIRTH Warning Signs (PBWS) Education […]
Refinement of the New Jersey Maternal Health Hospital Report Card- Year 2018
In response to the high pregnancy-associated death ratio in New Jersey (NJ) of 46.9 per 100,000 live births 2013-2015, in August 2018, a bill was signed into law requiring the […]
Addressing Perinatal Mental Health By Building Medical Provider Capacity Through Perinatal Psychiatry Access Programs
Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP) for Moms to build the capacity of frontline medical providers to address PMH conditions by providing education, consultation, and resources and referrals. MCPAP for […]
Building on Strong Start: Alongside Midwifery Units expand access to birth center care
The Midwifery Center is a collaboration between the ambulatory (El Rio Health) and acute care (Tucson Medical Center) organizations to provide eligible mothers seen by the midwifery service in the […]
Innovative Solutions: It Takes a Village—Reducing Maternal Mortality in Philadelphia through Coordinated Action
Philadelphia has been a leader in addressing maternal mortality by creating the nation’s first non-state-based Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) in 2010. Organizing Voices for Action, otherwise known as the […]
A TeamSTEPPS- based Communication Quality Improvement Project for Effective and Efficient Transfer from Birth Center to Hospital
This session details the work of a quality improvement collaborative to improve communications during transfers from birth centers to hospitals. Specifically, the presenter focuses on the effectiveness of the debriefing […]
Implementing Substance Use Screening Toolkit
This toolkit supports Title X grantees, sub-recipients, and service sites in implementing the Title X priority to screen family planning clients for substance use.
Innovative Models of Care for Reducing Inequities in Maternal Health
Recorded webcast from workshop which explored how nurses, midwives, and birth companions can improve maternal and infant health, specifically for women in U.S. communities affected by structural and health inequalities.
Making it Work: Models of Success in Rural Maternity Care
Identifying and describing common factors and best practices of rural clinician programs and hospital-based obstetric units in rural communities is important as rural hospitals continue to close their obstetric units […]
Community-Based Doulas and Midwives
The coronavirus pandemic further emphasizes the need for a range of accessible, affordable options for pregnancy-related care and support. This report describes the role of community-based providers in addressing the […]
Recommendations of the New Jersey Perinatal Care During COVID-19 Work Group
A regularly updated report designed for use by healthcare workers, policy makers and others on topics including: Prenatal Care, Triage and Testing Guidance for Facilities, Labor & Delivery, Postpartum Care […]
Maternal Telehealth Has Expanded Dramatically During the COVID-19 Pandemic Equity Concerns and Promising Approaches
Analysis that explores what promising maternal care telehealth practices have emerged during the pandemic, what access and equity concerns surrounding maternal health have arisen in light of increased reliance on […]
Telehealth Resources and Strategies
Collection of resources related to maternal telehealth, with focus on care during COVID-19. For expectant and new families who do not have continuous phone or internet access,telehealth and virtual health […]
Telemental Health Series
This PSI professional webinar series was created as a response to the immediate need for mental health providers to utilize telemental health platforms, using best practices and reliable technology. All […]
Georgia PEACE for moms
The Georgia chapter of Postpartum Support International and the Georgia chapter of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies is partnering with faith-based and other community partners to establish virtual mental health peer […]
Expanding Telehealth for Improved Maternal Outcomes
A University Health System representative discusses planning stage efforts to connect providers in the Uvalde and Del Rio service areas to their rural health patients and to specialty care at […]
Nurse home-visitation and COVID-19 pandemic: Adjusting to meet the needs of families in complex times
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based community health program that addresses disparities in the health and well-being of first-time families living in poverty. By pairing expectant mothers with specially-trained, registered […]
It takes a Village: The Maternal Wellness Village
There is a fundamental need for multilevel interventions emerging from the lived- experience and expertise of Black women that provide support from early pregnancy through the end of the first […]
Telehealth in Practice – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Webinar from the MHLIC series: Telehealth in Practice.
Telehealth in Practice – Lana’i CHC
Webinar from the MHLIC series: Telehealth in Practice.
Project ECHO is a revolutionary guided-practice model that reduces health disparities in under-served and remote areas of the state, nation, and world. Through innovative telementoring, the ECHO model uses a […]
The Cuff Kit Project: “Self-Monitored Blood Pressure to Improve Diagnosis of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy During Remote Healthcare
The Cuff Kit™ program distributes BP devices and associated patient education materials to healthcare providers and community health workers who care for high risk patients in a telehealth environment to […]
Executive Summary: Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19
Beyond the Pandemic: State Policy Options for Supporting Families
Rigorous research conducted prior to the pandemic has shown that many of the policy changes spurred by COVID-19 can positively impact child and family wellbeing, and this brief highlights several […]
Telehealth Implementation Playbook
Playbook that focuses on the implementation of telehealth, defined as real-time audio/visual visits between a physician and patient. This Playbook is designed to support efficient, successful implementation, so physicians, care […]
Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Environmental Scan
Conducted by multiple stakeholders, this environmental scan describes the methodology and findings to identify definitions, risk factors, processes, and innovations relevant to maternal morbidity and mortality care delivery and measurement. […]
Promoting Access to Care for Women of Reproductive Age with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders in Rural Communities
This issue brief describes the current challenges in access to care for women of reproductive age with mental health and substance use disorders. It also outlines innovative strategies states are […]
Community Tool Box
Module 12 is Evaluating the Initiative
National Implementation Research Network
Implementation Science resources – Teams, co-creation partners, community engagement, etc.
Community Tool Box
Multiple Modules on various topics – Module 1 is Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships; Module 6 is Building Leadership.
A conversation on Meaningful Family Engagement, from Clinical Care to Health Policy
Engaging with families is vital to transforming the health care system and positively impacting the life course of vulnerable populations. Families have extensive experience in partnering with professionals to improve […]
Incorporating Patient-Partners in Safety and Quality Improvement Programs: Training and Tools for Providers
MoMMA’s Voices Coalition trains and supports women with lived experiences to actively and effectively participate as patient-partners. The Coalition does this through the Champions for Change Summit as well as […]
Helping families communicate what’s important and make informed decisions
[M]otherboard Birth builds online tools helping parents and their care team communicate efficiently and effectively about informed consent situations to improve patient satisfaction around the birth experience. The web-based parent […]
Pregnancy and Substance Use: A Harm Reduction Toolkit
This information is intended for use by pregnant and parenting people who use drugs, their loved ones, and their service providers.
American Indian Public Health Disparities Regional Differences in Health
This broadcast addresses a number of relevant topics surrounding public health disparities and American Indian populations. Specifically, this broadcast includes a brief review of current American Indian Health Policies and […]
Medicaid Coverage of Pregnancy and Perinatal Benefits: Results from a State Survey
Telehealth and the COVID-19 Response: Policy Changes and Implementation Strategies
During this webinar, HMA experts described the different modalities of telehealth and laid out the policy and reimbursement implications for the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Speakers detailed changes to HIPAA […]
NASHP Roundtable: Georgia and Illinois Work to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes
This blog and slide deck reflects a virtual roundtable discussion of state officials to discuss maternal health initiatives in Illinois and Georgia and explore strategies to improve maternal health outcomes […]
Telehealth in Maternal and Child Health Care
Telehealth is increasingly used across a range of health care specialties of interest to March of Dimes, including obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, and mental health. As usage and the evidence base […]
Cultural Humility and Black Maternal Health in Historical Context
This webinar, presented by Dr. Jann Murray-García, MD, MPH is part of a 4-part series focusing on equity, inclusion, and engagement. MHI State teams and RMOMS sites requested training resources […]
Listening to Understand and Not to Respond Across Different Cultural Contexts
Coming Face to Face with My Biased Self
Objectives Identify and differentiate conscious and unconscious biases Explore the impacts of biases in health and community settings Discuss strategies to mitigate biases at the individual and organization level Identify […]
Obstetric Emergencies in Rural Hospitals: Challenges and Opportunities
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 […]
Telehealth and Preventive Care during COVID-19: A WPSI Webinar
Objectives Define telehealth and telehealth modalities Summarize WPSI recommendations Leveraging telehealth to deliver WPSI recommendations
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.
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 […]
The MCH Navigator
The website has a variety of learning resources as well as videos, modules on multiple topics – self-directed, semi-structured learning, etc.