Set the Standard, Light the Path

This time of year often offers space for remembrance of the people who came before us and lit the path we walk upon. Native American Heritage Month offers us a chance to learn more about the First People of this country, their wisdom, and their many gifts. As we continue to learn, MHLIC has a growing catalog of resources that centers American Indian and Alaska Native people. If you know of an important resource related to maternal health and/or health equity, please share. We invite you to listen, read, and share.

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The season of thanksgiving offers a chance for reflection about our history and all that we have in our lives. The MHLIC team wishes to express a deep gratitude to everyone who embarks on (and sets the standard for) improving maternal health and health equity in communities and this country. We are thankful for everyone who is doing the work: the innovators, way-makers, thought leaders, vision sharers, pavement pounders, advocates, care givers, birthing people - everyone who is making a difference in maternal health and equity outcomes.

Upcoming Events

Partner Event

Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Data Community of Learning

Register by Nov. 30, 2022

The AIM Data Team is hosting a second Data Support Community of Learning (COL) for AIM-enrolled and participating states, jurisdictions, and hospitals! The 2022-2023 Data Support COL will focus on strategies to support quality improvement data collection amongst hospital teams participating in AIM. 

Additional support AIM will provide includes office hours with educational offerings from faculty and targeted data coaching with AIM’s data team. For states and jurisdictions with an executed sub-award agreement with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, there will be opportunities to apply for supplemental funds to support AIM data-related projects. Maternal Health Innovation (MHI) States are encouraged to enroll!

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Transmasculine Fertility and Birth

Dec. 1, 2022

Kayden X. Coleman is a transgender dad of two young daughters. He will share his experiences as a Black, gay transgender man navigating medical spaces throughout his pregnancy and childbirth.

After attending this event, the audience will be able to:

  • Describe the challenges faced by a Black trans man experiencing pregnancy and birth in the US
  • List at least three systems-level changes that would enhance respectful care for trans birthing people
  • Describe gender-affirming services/resources for birthing people
  • Discuss how to be a trans-affirmative ally
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Partner Event

Recognizing Urgent Maternal Warning Signs in the Postpartum Period

Dec. 8, 2022

Pregnancy-related deaths can occur up to one year after the end of pregnancy. Native American, Alaska Native, and Black women are two to three times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than White women. More than 80% of maternal deaths could be prevented.

This session is intended for non-obstetrical clinical services providers and staff, and will feature three speakers with expertise in preventing pregnancy-related deaths.

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Cultural Transformation of Maternal Health Programs and Models – Training Indigenous Lactation Counselors

Dec. 15, 2022

The Indigenous Lactation Counselor training is a course that provides foundational lactation education to Native people so they can provide clinical lactation support in their communities.

The Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor training was created by Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC (Sisseton-Wahpeton). Camie and Kimberly Moore-Salas, IBCLC (Diné) are the instructors. Attend this webinar Dec. 15 to learn more about this culturally transformative and informative training.

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MHLIC Updates

Maternal Health Innovation Podcast, Season 2

Have you been listening to the Maternal Health Innovation Podcast series? There is a lot of wonderful content to share! Season 2 has featured insightful conversations with Dr. Shalon's Maternal Action Project, examined the structure of maternal care in Spanish-speaking communities, connected with AMCHP's MCH Bridges Podcast, and so much more. We hope you'll tune in!

Be sure to use #MaternalHealthInnovation when sharing or posting on social media.

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New Blog

Common and Inclusive Language for Maternal Health Equity

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Common and inclusive language is important. Shared language helps people on teams and partnerships to be on the same page – using the same definitions and meanings ensures clarity, specificity, and understanding. It is surprising how often people use the same words but have different meanings, which can cause a lot of challenges. Read more in our latest blog post.

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Resources & Opportunities


Maternal Health Monologues Toolkit

Created to encourage community conversations and action by Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Community Care Initiative (AIM CCI), Maternal Monologues are community presentations of stories by women/birthing persons, their partners, and supporters along the journey of birthing and maternal health. These stories are based on real experiences, and designed to serve as a tool for communities to tell their own stories for healing, raising awareness, and mobilizing for change. Learn More

Office of Minority Health Knowledge Center

The Knowledge Center is an online library catalog that provides access to the nation’s largest repository of information dedicated to the health of minority populations within the United States and its territories. The collection includes more than 60,000 documents, books, journal articles, reports, and media related to the health status of racial and ethnic minority populations. Visit the Knowledge Center

Certification Opportunity

Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C)

The Perinatal Mental Health Certification Program creates a structure for professional education and evaluation, and a standardization of training and experience to inform families and payers of perinatal mental health specialists. The certification curriculum requirements build on existing evidence-based perinatal mental health certificate trainings, adding an advanced-training component. Learn More About the Certification

Funding Opportunity

Partnering Research and Community Organizations for Novel Health Equity Research: Addressing Social and Clinical Determinants of Maternal Health

The Partnering Research and Community Organizations for Novel Health Equity Research: Addressing Social and Clinical Determinants of Maternal Health Targeted PCORI Funding Announcement (Partner Targeted PFA) seeks to fund high-quality, comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) studies that focus on multicomponent, multilevel interventions simultaneously addressing health conditions and social determinants of health to improve maternal health outcomes. Learn More

Call for Abstracts

American Conference on Physician Health

Due March 15, 2023

Hosted by the American Medical Association, Mayo Clinic and Stanford University, the conference will bring together physicians, researchers and other interested parties from across the country to delve into the important, timely theme “Building the workplace of the future.” ACPH is calling for abstracts! Click below to learn more and consider submitting.

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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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