Exploring State-Level Strategies to Improve Maternal Health and Birth Outcomes
This initiative will develop four case studies on the successes and barriers of individual state efforts to address preterm births. This work is part of a larger initiative to gain insights and perspective on how maternal health and well-being can help support optimum child health outcomes.
October 2018 to April 2020
- Who: The case studies will be developed in partnership with four states that participated with NICHQ on the Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network to Reduce Infant Mortality (Infant Mortality CoIIN) in 2013-2017.
- Funder: The project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- Our Role: Through site visits and interviews, NICHQ will study four states whose preterm birth rates, and associated disparities, improved or persisted during the Infant Mortality CoIIN. By examining what led to these different results, NICHQ will develop four comprehensive case studies that explore and document systems and infrastructure that promote or hinder improvements in preterm births.
Supporting Children’s Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
While most children may be unlikely to have adverse health effects from the illness, COVID-19’s overall impact on children’s health outcomes will likely be far reaching.
Participate in the Census, Promote Children’s Health
An accurate census count helps ensure that all children and families get the resources and representation they deserve to help them reach their optimal health. However, the census has historically undercounted millions of people, many of them children.
Promoting Fathers’ Mental Health During Children's Early Childhood
Father involvement has significant benefits for everyone involved. But too often, social expectations about masculinity and structural barriers make it difficult for fathers to get involved, especially during the early years of life.
Addressing Black Maternal Mortality Rates Starts with Listening to Black Women
In New York State (NYS), Black women are more than three times as likely to die from pregnancy or giving birth as white women. This disparity has persisted alongside the U.S.’s rising maternal mortality rate, which has doubled in the past 15 years. Recognizing the urgent need for change both within their state and across the nation, NYS launched an initiative to engage women of color in identifying sustainable solutions for improvement.
Four Steps to Address Racism’s Impact on Maternal and Child Health
Racism has been baked into U.S. systems and structures since enslavement, and Black families and other people of color are still suffering its consequences. As health professionals, it’s vital to acknowledge that all forms of racism—institutional, personally mediated and internalized—are real, are present in health systems, and are adversely affecting the health of Black families. One person can’t solve a systemic problem, but there are impactful steps everyone can take to help address it.
Using an Equity Lens to Reduce Maternal Mortality in Louisiana
Louisiana has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. And troublingly, Black women are dying from pregnancy-related deaths at over four times the rate of white women. According to a recent report, more than half of these deaths could have been prevented by making a system change, either at the patient, community, or hospital level. These findings illustrate the enormous potential that quality improvement initiatives have for reducing maternal mortality in Louisiana and eliminating the Black-white disparity in maternal deaths.. Here, the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative shares seven opportunities for improvement.