Better Health for Mothers and Babies

Hospitals as Partners Working to Reduce Maternal Morbidity

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Maternal health is a high priority for AHA and its member hospitals and health systems. As part of that commitment, AHA has long partnered with national organizations as an active member in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM). Together we are working to safeguard mothers and babies by reducing maternal morbidity.

Better Health for Mothers and Babies is the umbrella under which this work is happening. To date, the field’s collective efforts have largely focused on in-hospital maternal morbidity; that work is foundational and recent data shows that the morbidity and mortality is declining in some regions of the country.

AHA is working to expand progress in all geographic regions. In this work, we recognize that mothers are at risk from the first days of pregnancy through the postpartum period and hospitals and their community partners can do more to improve their care.

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In this video AHA Maternal and Child Health Council Chair Lara Khouri, executive vice president and chief strategy and transformation officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, talks with SteelSky Ventures Founding Partner Maria Velissaris about women’s health and innovation through a health equity lens.

See infographic on considerations for hospitals in adopting digital solutions.

 

Maternal Health Webinars

These targeted webinars and other events focus on highlighting evidence-based strategies and initiatives designed to improve maternal health. Presentations feature experts and leaders from the maternal and child health space, including clinical and community perspectives.  

Past Maternal and Child Health Events

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VR technology is the first fully blended learning model that supports and augments learning and simulation requirements that physicians and nurses must have to achieve mastery in their profession. View this webinar to take a sneak peek at VR technology made possible through the partnership between Health Scholars and Relias in the area of Obstetrics. (Webinar presented November 16, 2022)
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Viewers of this webinar will learn about broadening the standard of care that addresses not only clinical and medical pregnancy issues but also behavioral health concerns like peripartum depression and suicide ideation. Viewers will learn how awareness and assessment of social and behavioral factors throughout the ante, peri, and postpartum periods can be an effective method for providing life-saving care for all mothers. (Webinar presented September 20, 2022)
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July 28, 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET | 2-3:30 p.m. CT

Are you struggling with how to begin to discuss racism in maternal care?

Join the AHA for a virtual screening of the film, Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story to explore the many underlying factors impacting the health of Black women and their birth outcomes.

Maternal and Child Health Case Studies

Nov 23, 2022
Rady Children’s leaders in 2015 set forth a strategic plan to transform mental health by treating the whole child, integrating physical and behavioral health. Leaders also met informally with a group of 20 local health academics, pediatricians, psychologists, social workers and other community members over the course of two years to develop a multi-pronged model for early detection and treatment of behavioral health needs in young people.
Nov 23, 2022
To better meet the needs of their community Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) engaged in an initiative to transform pediatric mental health services through dedication and partnerships.

 

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