Building on recent momentum in public awareness and policy making, the New York Academy of Medicine hosted a Summit on Maternal Mortality on February 14, 2018.

The Summit was funded by Merck & Co., Inc. to advance the goals of Merck for Mothers, and was a project created by a partnership of The New York Academy of Medicine, the New York State Department of Health, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Healthcare Association of New York State, the Greater New York Hospital Association, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, District II.

The morning keynote speakers were Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, MD, FACOG, Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative; and Dr. William Callaghan, MD, MPH of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Focus areas for the Summit included:

  • Fragmentation in women’s health care
  • Maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity case reviews and clinical continuous quality improvement
  • The ways in which structural racism contributes to health disparities in maternal mortality
  • How to integrate enhanced maternal health advocacy, education, and care coordination into existing community-based (non-clinical) service structures.

Over 450 people attended the day-long event representing an array of health care, advocacy, and public health organizations to discuss recommendations for policy and practice changes to reduce maternal mortality in New York State.

Conference Materials

Additional Resources

The state of the problem

New York initiatives

National initiatives

Recommendations for action

Resources for patients

Resources for health care providers

Upcoming events related to maternal mortality
Maternal Health and Perinatal Safety Symposium
Date: November 1, 2018 7:30am-4:00pm.
Location: Hackensack University Medical Center, 30 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack, New Jersey.
Register here.