Online Program

Health for Every Mother: Options for State Planning to Improve Maternal Health

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Erin Bonzon, MSW, MSPH, Women's and Infant Health, AMCHP, Washington, DC
Functioning as a barometer of women’s overall health, pregnancy-related mortality has risen in the United States since the early 1980’s. Moreover, in 2011, African American women died of pregnancy-related causes at a rate three to four times that of white women (CDC, 2014). In response to national calls to action, AMCHP launched its Every Mother Initiative in 2013 to strengthen state surveillance of maternal deaths and severe complications and improve state capacity to translate data into effective prevention strategies.

Maternal Mortality Review (MMR) provides rich data to inform maternal health improvement efforts. More than half of states currently have active, statewide MMR Committees. Through the AMCHP Every Mother Initiative, twelve states have participated in Action Learning Collaboratives to strengthen their MMR process and move data to action. This session will share lessons learned, including opportunities to support data collection and case review in partnership with state MCH programs. 

AMCHP is pleased to offer a new resource for MCH programs.  During this session, presenters will discuss ways the resource might be used within participants’ state and local community to assess current initiatives, determine gaps, and identify innovative opportunities for action. Participants will leave with a copy of the publication and a new network of maternal health leaders from whom they can seek support and guidance as they examine their own initiatives. They will also learn about national efforts to strengthen service delivery systems in the postpartum period.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Identify assessment and investigation measures that include practical epidemiologic methods, public health research, population-based data and health statistics, evidence-based program development and evaluation, and data-based analysis. Discover ways to identify partners and stakeholders, develop partnerships, build consensus, and implement and evaluate plans to reduce or eliminate health threats to individuals and groups. Compare innovative ways to improve health care service capacity, remove barriers to care, identify gaps in service, align scarce resources, use information technologies to enhance patient interactions, share data, track progress and bill, and improve overall service delivery.

Keyword(s): Maternal and Child Health, Women's Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I contribute to the advancement of MCH programs and lead technical assistance efforts related to women’s health and improving birth outcomes, including management of a new home visiting technical assistance center contract.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.