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MATCH Coalition 2021 Fall Virtual Hill Briefing - Data Deficiency: How Information is Crucial to Resolving the Maternal Health Crisis
Access to quality maternity care is a critical component of maternal health and positive birth outcomes. According to a March of Dimes Report, 2.2 million women of childbearing age in the US live in areas where women do not have easy access to maternity care. These are called “maternity deserts.” In 2017, almost 150,000 babies were born to women living in maternity care deserts.

It is important to note that these maternity deserts are not solely in rural areas of the US. Among women living in maternity care deserts, 1 in 3 live in a large metropolitan area or urban setting. Access to data is a vital part of ensuring timely and appropriate allocation of resources and interventions, good clinical decision making, and the establishment and expansion of infrastructure and prevention measures.

The Maternal Application of Technology for Community Health (MATCH Coalition) is pleased to convene key stakeholders on the topic of maternal health data, provide a view of the national state of affairs on maternal health surveillance, and discuss the legislative landscape.


Opening Remarks from Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL)

Fireside Chat between Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS) and Journalist Nina Martin, a women's health and racial equity advocate and former ProPublica reporter

Digital Health Reflections on the use of tech in addressing SDOH factors will be presented by Blake Marggraff and Erika Halsey, HIMSS Global Health Equity Network Tech Challenge Winner, Caresignal

Roundtable on Improving Data Infrastructure for Better Maternal Health Outcomes moderated by MATCH Coalition Co-chair Fran Ayalasomayajula, MPH, MSMIS, PMP, panelists include Adriiana Lagorio, Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA); Jeff Wall, MD, FACOG, Senior Director, Clinical Informatics, Cerner; Debbie Kilday, MSN, Principal, Women and Infants Service Line, Premier; and Mariah Chrans, IBCLC, PhD, Program Director at Cradle Kansas City.

Oct 25, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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