Project Abstract Summary
Project Title: North Carolina Maternal Mortality Review
Applicant Organization Name: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Address: 2001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-2001
Interim Project Director Name: Tara Owens Shuler
Contact Phone Number: 919-707-5708
Requested funding level: $450,000 annually
The North Carolina Maternal Mortality Review Program will augment and strengthen the work of the North Carolina Maternal Mortality Review Committee and its overall maternal mortality efforts. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health (DPH), Women’s and Children’s Health Section (WCHS) is the state Title V agency charged to plan and support the State’s perinatal care system and is the applicant agency for this funding opportunity announcement. WCHS with its key partners, the state’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee, along with the State Center for Health Statistics (Vital Records), NC Medicaid, NC Healthcare/Hospital Association, NC Medical Society/OB GYN Society, Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Perinatal Quality Collaborative of NC (PQCNC), UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health, Area Health Education Center (AHEC), and critical community partners, i.e., Healthy Start, MomsRising will work collaboratively to improve maternal mortality in our state, while also addressing perinatal disparities.
This will be achieved through the following:
• Hire a Project Director, Nurse Abstractor, and part-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker, to support the work of the Maternal Mortality Review Committee.
• Enhance the Maternal Mortality Review Committee by adding specialty consultants to include Medicaid, Law enforcement, Faith-based, Healthcare Association, OB GYN Society, Healthy Start, and MomsRising.
• Provide implicit bias and social determinants of health trainings for the Maternal Mortality Review Committee.
• Partner with provider led entities, consumers, and community organizations to share recommendations for improvement.
• Provide technical assistance and training for providers to implement components of ACOG, AIM, and AWHONN postpartum safety bundles, substance use, implicit bias along with other areas that arise from the recommendations.