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State Maternal Health Innovation Program

About the Program 

In recognition of California’s progress, investment, and innovative proposal to improve maternal health outcomes, the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) granted California a five-year, $10 million State Maternal Health Innovation (MHI) award. The award will go to the state’s Perinatal Quality Collaborative, the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC), housed at Stanford University School of Medicine.

The HRSA State MHI Program aims to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity through broad-based, multidisciplinary collaboration, and focus on improving maternal health and reducing maternal health disparities.  The program will be centered on innovative programming that builds patient trust, increases access to and coordination of maternal health resources and services, and improves quality of care.    

What to Expect

Program partners plan to:

  • Translate data into action, using findings from California Maternal Mortality Review Committee reports, state maternal health needs assessments, surveys, and other sources.
  • Develop and implement an evidence-based strategic plan, based on a comprehensive analysis of maternal health needs, to ensure that pregnant and postpartum individuals assessed for poor outcomes benefit from medical, public health and social service resources.
  • Learn from community voices about successful existing programs and systems; integrate and promote those best practices as part of implementing innovative new maternal health strategies. 
  • Fund new community-centered quality of care interventions that build trust, address critical gaps in service delivery, and improve perinatal outcomes, by bridging clinical care and public health programs.

California Maternal Health Steering Committee and Task Force

The California Department of Public Health Maternal Child Adolescent Health Division, the Department of Health Care Services, the Office of the California Surgeon General, and CMQCC will work in close collaboration to convene a California Maternal Health Steering Committee comprised of public health, health care, and community partners that span governmental, non-governmental and academic sectors. The Committee will then establish and direct a multidisciplinary, diverse California Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF).

Establishing the MHTF Steering Committee is the first cornerstone of this program. The Steering Committee will be comprised of key leadership in California that includes representatives from each of the following:

  • California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative 
  • California Department of Public Health /Maternal Child Adolescent Health
  • California Office of the Surgeon General
  • Department of Health Care Services. 
  • 7-8 leaders representing the richly diverse populations, geographic areas and sectors (e.g., clinical, academic, public health, non-profits) across California will be recruited.  These leaders will be individuals with lived experience or representatives from organizations or agencies that directly serve patients with lived experience.

The MHTF Steering Committee has been seated and the process is closed. To stay up-to-date, sign-up below.


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