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 […]
Policymakers Have More Work to Do to Address the Black Maternal Health Crisis
This blog compares the provisions of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus, FY22 Appropriations, and FY23 President’s Budget proposals. FY22 Omnibus Appropriations bill are enacted. Items included in the President’s Budget […]
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 […]
Improving Our Maternity Care Now Through Community Birth Settings
Care in birth center and planned home birth settings that is led by Black, Indigenous, People of Color is a crucial approach for meeting the needs of communities affected by […]
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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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, […]
CMS Issues Guidance on New Postpartum Coverage State Option in Medicaid and CHIP
This article from the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute unpacks guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to states implementing the […]
Tracking Progress of the Black Maternal Health Momnibus
The Black Maternal Health Momnibus is a comprehensive set of solutions designed to address the many facets of the Black maternal health crisis in the U.S., including bolstering social determinants […]
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 […]
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 […]
Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Community Care Initiative (AIM CCI)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) with a cooperative agreement for a five-year project focused on improving maternal health outcomes across the United […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Mind the Gap Strategic Action Plan
Mind the Gap is a National Initiative led by Postpartum Support International and a broad-based stakeholder coalition comprised of leading experts from national professional and advocacy organizations. Based on a […]
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 […]
Postpartum 1115 Waiver State Evaluation Plans
States have submitted 1115 waivers to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage and reported measurement goals for the post-implementation period that pertain to long-term maternal health. In their applications, they have outlined […]
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 […]
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, […]
Advancing equitable, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting. HealthConnect One is the national leader in advancing equitable, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and early […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Birth Center Equity
Birth Center Equity works with and for BIPOC community birth center leaders to collectively access full spectrum capital at scale, to nurture beliefs, practices, and models of abundance among community […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
The Doula Medicaid Project
The National Health Law Program is currently tracking federal and state legislation relating to Medicaid coverage of doula care that has been introduced during the current legislative session. They have […]
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 […]
Equity in the Center
Equity in the Center (EiC) works to shift mindsets, practices and systems in the social sector to center race equity and build a Race Equity Culture.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
A Toolkit for Centering Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration
This toolkit outlines strategies to center race equity across data integration projects, incuding data collection, data access, analysis, reporting, and dissemination.
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 […]
Advancing Equity in Our Work
Implicit Bias Resource Guide
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 […]
A Path to Reproductive Justice: Research, Practice and Policies
The second webinar in APHA’s Advancing Racial Equity series covered reproductive racial disparities. Presenters: Provided context of racism in reproductive care across multiple impacted groups; Shared current advocacy approaches to […]
Advancing Birth Justice: Community-based Doula Models as a Standard of Care for Ending Racial Disparities
Practical and detailed discussion of the value of doulas and community-based care models for addressing maternal health and equity.
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 […]
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 […]
Addressing COVID stress among pregnant & parenting women in West Baltimore
B’more for Healthy Babies Upton/Druid Heights (BHB U/DH) is a program focused on improving birth outcomes in the Upton/Druid Heights neighborhood of West Baltimore. Program efforts include community outreach to […]
Executive Summary: Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19
Bringing Kenyan maternal health innovation to North Carolina: Launching a scalable textline platform to help support pregnant and postpartum parents during COVID
Jacaranda Health discusses adaptation of its existing technology infrastructure and experience supporting over 150,000 pregnant and postpartum women in Kenya, to create a helpdesk for North Carolina moms in partnership […]
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 […]
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. […]
New approaches to engaging the community in needs assessment and planning
Kansas University Center for Public Partnerships & Research reports on efforts to use innovative mixed-methods approaches to engage and involve families and community members in a statewide needs assessment. This […]
Storytelling for Public Health
Basic and interactive overview of storytelling, including considerations related to audience, purpose v. goal, elements of a story and formats.
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 […]
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Maternal Health Programs
To assist Congress as it considers measures on U.S. maternal health, this report provides an overview and the funding history of the five maternal health programs that HRSA administers. For […]
Iowa Program Targets Seat Belt Safety for Pregnant and Postpartum Women
A multi-parter iniative in Iowa reports on their success creating a statewide social media campaign to remind pregnant and postpartum women that seat belts are safe for mom and safe […]
Achieving Health Equity for Disadvantaged Populations
Across the nation, an unprecedented focus is being placed on achieving the goal of health equity. This goal requires acquiring, aggregating, and analyzing data on social determinants of health to […]
NOWHERE TO GO: MATERNITY CARE DESERTS ACROSS THE U.S. (2020 REPORT)
This report describes the maternity care desert status of all U.S. counties based on the most recent data on the availability of hospitals, birth centers, health care providers and health […]
Tribally-led Maternal Mortality Review Committees
With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health, NIHB is working to assist Tribes and Tribal organizations in exploring the possibilities of designing and […]
CDC Maternal Mortality Reports
This website from the CDC National Center for Health Statistics includes maternal mortality statistics, review of data quality, and new coding criteria.
MMRIA/Review to Action
Review to Action promotes the maternal mortality review process as the best way to understand why maternal mortality in the United States is increasing and prioritize interventions to improve maternal […]
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.
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 […]
Spark Session: NewMomHealth.com: By moms, for moms
During this session, Dr. Kristin Tully discusses an online hub for postpartum health information and support. The site is open-access, non-commercial and co-designed with those we are seeking to serve. […]
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.
MCH Navigator: 8 Steps to Building and Sustaining Effective Coalitions
This presentation offers advice on how to convince public officials to support community coalitions. It defines community coalitions, explains when and how to use them, and provides eight steps for […]
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 […]
State Policies to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes
Website with State comparison table and policy data, including coverage and benefits, care delivery transformation, and data and oversight.
Medicaid Coverage of Pregnancy and Perinatal Benefits: Results from a State Survey
Improving Our Maternity Care Now: Four Care Models Decisionmakers Must Implement for Healthier Moms and Babies
Research shows that specific care models make a demonstrable difference in better care, experiences, and birth outcomes. We must take steps to make these widely available. We have identified three […]
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 […]
State Strategies to Address the Black Maternal Health Crisis
The inequities laid bare by COVID-19 underscore the importance of states’ efforts to develop policies and interventions to address all health disparities. Systemic racism, a driver of these inequities, also […]
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 […]
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
Tracker of Federal Maternal Health Bills (116th Congress)
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 introduced in […]
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 […]
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 […]
Improving Maternal Health Access, Coverage, and Outcomes in Medicaid
This report reflects the Institute for Medicaid Innovation’s national project to answer critical questions that are needed to advance maternal health, specific to the midwifery-led model of care, for the […]
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.
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 […]
Health Equity Starter Kit
Health Outreach Partners “This resource will support you in better understanding health equity as a broader framework to explain and address structural factors, social determinants of health, and health disparities. […]