Saving Lives: Opportunities from the Data-Driven Summit to Improve Maternal Health

January 2022
Topics: Public Health, Data Analytics, Data Management, Decision Analysis, Decision Support (General), Policy, Veterans Affairs
Dr. Alison Dingwall, The MITRE Corporation
Sarah Kinling, The MITRE Corporation
Rachel Mayer, The MITRE Corporation
Mother holding baby in their hospital room with a stream of data over them.
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Addressing the multiple layers of maternal health challenges and inequities requires collaboration among all levels of government with industry, academia, community organizations, providers, and pregnant people. To identify areas for collaboration to improve maternal health data, MITRE and March of Dimes convened federal and state agencies, leading academic researchers, industry-leading nonprofits, and other maternal health stakeholders for a virtual summit on November 3, 2021. This report details those discussions, including summit participant-identified opportunities to improve maternal health data collection, analysis, sharing, and reporting.

More than 100 individuals from government agencies, academic institutions, and nonprofits participated in this summit, representing organizations and agencies including but not limited to: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Health Resources and Services Administration; the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; the Federal Communications Commission; State and/or Maternal Mortality Review Committees representation from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Ohio; AcademyHealth; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Association of Maternal and Child Health Professionals; Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal; and the National Academy for State Health Policy.

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