Maternal Health Resources and Contacts: Health and Clinical Professional Organizations

American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 67,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is a professional membership organization dedicated to the improvement of women’s health. With more than 58,000 members, the College’s activities include producing practice guidelines and other educational material.

Center for Health Journalism

The Center for Health Journalism helps journalists investigate health challenges and solutions in their communities and serve as a catalyst for change. They have a Health Matters Webinar Series that highlights important topics in health care.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Initiative

The Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns initiative is an effort by the Department of Health and Human Services, aimed to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women. This initiative was a joint effort between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Administration on Children and Families (ACF). Full results of the Strong Start evaluation, including a state-by-state assessment of outcomes, are available in the final evaluation report, accessible on their site.

Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care

The Council brings partner and subspecialty organizations in women’s health care together with patients and representative industry organizations with the central goal of improving health care for all women, including focused effort on reduction of maternal morbidity.

District of Columbia Primary Care Association

The District of Columbia Primary Care Association (DCPDC)’s membership includes 15 community health centers and other community-based organizations, with nearly 60 health care delivery sites that serve approximately 1 out of 3 District residents. This report shines a light on unmet reproductive and maternal health needs of low-income women living in the District of Columbia, and provides policymakers and providers with a Roadmap for Action containing a clear set of 12 actionable and costed initiatives that can be pursued to improve the health and well-being of women and their families.

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine is the premiere membership organization for maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists. Representing the interests in nearly 3,000 physicians and MFM practice professionals, the Society provides education and engages in advocacy efforts to support the work of MFMs and optimize the health of high-risk pregnant women and their babies.

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