Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Data and Analysis Initiative
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women's Health (OWH) initiated an $8 million nationwide contract with Premier, Inc. to improve maternal health data and create a network of at least 200 hospitals to deploy clinical, evidence-based best practices in maternity care. The Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Data and Analysis Initiative builds upon HHS's Improving Maternal Health in America Initiative as outlined in the President's FY 2021 Budget. This vital data will inform policy and validate evidence-based practice to improve maternal and infant health outcomes.
OWH's efforts are part of the HHS overarching plan to improve maternal health and reduce disparities that contribute to negative health outcomes. The Department recognizes the importance of data to identify opportunities, better target resources, and improve care delivery. Additionally, pregnancy-related mortality for Black women and American Indian and Alaska Native women are two to three times higher than for White, Hispanic, and Asian Pacific Islander women. Geographical disparities also exist as pregnant women living in rural America face barriers to maternity care. By collecting and analyzing maternal health data and identifying evidence-based actions, OWH aims to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and reduce these disparities.
As part of the contract, Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Advocates' (MoMMA's) Voices, a coalition comprised of many organizations, will focus on the patient experience to ensure patients' voices are heard. Additionally, the work builds upon current HHS programs and efforts including the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM), supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).