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Continuing Symposium Conversations & Connections

Thank you to everyone who made MHLIC's second annual National Maternal Health Innovation Symposium a success! While held virtually, the positivity, cohesiveness, and sense of community could be felt from our remote locations. We gleaned from professionals across the maternal health spectrum and it was marvelous.

Recorded sessions are available on the Chime platform. If you were unable to attend live, and registered, you still have time to access the platform and tune in to the insightful general sessions and highly informational workshops. Don't forget to tune in to the Spark Sessions! As long as you have login credentials, you can access premium content through October 1.

Symposium content can also be found on our website and YouTube Channel. Be sure to subscribe and click the notification bell to be notified of new content.

Raffle winners will be notified soon, so keep an eye on your inboxes.

We are already in the preliminary stages of planning the third annual Symposium, coming in 2022. If you or your organization is interested in helping plan, please contact Alice Pollard.

Again, thank you everyone for making this event informational, educational, entertaining, and inspirational. Here are some memorable quotes and some of the finished works from the talented graphic artist, Carina Nilsson with the See in Colors team. You can click to enlarge each.

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Latest Work & Products

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New Maternal Health Innovation Podcast Series to Debut

Join us as we speak with experts about ways we can better serve women and birthing people and advance maternal health equity. Keep your eyes on your inbox for an official announcement.

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Round-up on Postpartum Medicaid Extension Activity & Resources

Ensuring comprehensive health care coverage to one year postpartum for all birthing people in the U.S. is one among many policy proposals that are part of ongoing national dialogues around improving maternal health and eliminating inequities in maternal health outcomes.

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Tips for Planning Hybrid Events

So much has changed with how people meet and gather for work related events. As things are starting to open up, many are considering what is the 'new normal' for holding meetings, conferences and events.

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Sustaining Momentum in Groups for Change

Meeting burnout can affect groups working for even the most important causes. Here are some tips to keep up your group's momentum while working for social change.

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Maternal Health News

$350 Million to Strengthen Maternal and Child Health Across the Nation

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced nearly $350 million in awards to every state across the nation to support safe pregnancies and healthy babies. Funding will expand home visiting services to families most in need, increase access to doulas, address health disparities in infant deaths, and improve data reporting on maternal mortality. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded these funds.

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USCCR Racial Disparities Maternal Health Report

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) recently shared a new report examining the role the federal government plays in addressing racial disparities in maternal health, including negative maternal health outcomes and maternal morbidity.

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Research Project Grant Opens October 8

An opportunity for funding is available to research addressing major gaps identified in the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation statement concerning interventions to prevent perinatal depression, with an emphasis on populations experiencing mental health disparities. The earliest that submissions will be accepted is October 8. Applications due no later than November 9.

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MMRIA User Meeting Recordings Available

The MMRIA data system is designed to support and standardize maternal mortality reviews. On an approximately annual basis, the Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality (ERASE MM) team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosts a meeting for users of the Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA).

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Supporting American Indian/Alaska Native Maternal Health Through Tribal-Led Maternal Mortality Review Committees

Grants to assess capacity of American Indian/Alaska Native entities for establishing, implementing, and maintaining tribal-led Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs) are available. Grantees will participate in a self-assessment to explore key components of Tribal-led MMRCs and assess readiness to establish and sustain a tribal-led MMRC.

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Upcoming Events

Innovation Thursdays

1st & 3rd Thursdays

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We are hosting individuals and organizations who are thinking outside the box and shaking things up to improve the health of pregnant people and mothers across the nation.

Past Innovation Thursdays are also available here.

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National Midwifery Week

October 3-9


Midwives believe every person has a right to equitable, ethical, accessible, quality health care. Individuals and communities are empowered by the midwifery model of care. Download the social media toolkit and participate in celebrating midwives in every community!

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September Leadership Series

September 28-30

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Save the dates for the September Leadership Series. These virtual conversations will feature practical tips and inspiration from maternal health leaders about the leadership skills they have built and leveraged to move their efforts forward. Attend one or attend them all. More information is coming soon to your inbox.

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Advancing NIH Research on the Health of Women

October 20, 8:30 AM ET

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Attend the upcoming congressionally requested meeting, "Advancing NIH Research on the Health of Women: A 2021 Conference."


Partner Resources & Trainings

AMCHP Maternal Health Bill Tracker

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 policy stay on top of the more than 30 federal bills introduced so far this year focused on improving maternal health in the U.S.

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AIM Patient Safety Bundles

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 the adoption of evidence-based patient safety bundles.

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Free Course Available

“Giving Birth During the COVID-19 Pandemic” is a 1-hour course that covers how to support the mental health of pregnant and birthing women through the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of trauma-informed care.

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Reversing the US Maternal Mortality Crisis

The Aspen Health Strategy Group is tackling hard questions related to the maternal mortality crisis and developed a portfolio of five recommendations to address it.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U7CMC33636-01 for the National Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center Cooperative Agreement. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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