Reducing maternal mortality is a crucial public health goal, and Frontier Nursing University and the Campion Fund are hosting the Reducing Maternal Mortality: Strategies That Work! Research Conference to address this pressing issue. The conference's focus on identifying and describing programs and practices that have successfully reduced maternal mortality rates is essential for improving maternal health in the United States.
Join us for the conference either in person at Frontier Nursing University’s campus in Versailles, Ky, or virtually on Zoom. Only 100 spots are available for the in-person conference.
In-person: $149 (includes lodging in FNU’s dorm rooms and meals)
Virtual participant: $49
Key points and strategies this conference will cover:
Addressing Underlying Medical Causes: The CDC's identification of common underlying medical causes for pregnancy-related deaths provides a starting point for targeted interventions. Highlighting programs and practices that effectively address mental health conditions, excessive bleeding, cardiac and coronary conditions, infection, thrombotic embolism, cardiomyopathy, and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy is crucial.
Racial Disparities: Recognizing and discussing the significant racial disparities in maternal mortality rates is vital. Strategies that aim to reduce these disparities should be a central focus. These might include improving access to quality healthcare, culturally competent care, and addressing structural racism within the healthcare system.
Preventability: Emphasizing that more than 80% of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable underscores the importance of early intervention and comprehensive care. Programs that have successfully reduced preventable deaths can serve as models for others to follow.
Social Determinants of Health: Acknowledging the role of social and economic factors in maternal health outcomes is essential. Strategies should include efforts to address these determinants, such as income, education, housing, and access to nutrition.
Diversity in Healthcare Workforce: Encouraging diversity in the healthcare workforce is a vital component of improving maternal health. Diverse healthcare providers can offer culturally sensitive care and help reduce disparities.
Data Collection and Reporting: Enhancing data collection and reporting systems can provide valuable insights into maternal mortality trends. This information can guide evidence-based interventions and policy changes.
Community-Based Initiatives: Successful programs often involve collaboration between healthcare systems and community organizations. Highlighting community-based initiatives and their impact on maternal health is important.
Innovative Approaches: Encouraging innovative approaches to maternal health, including telemedicine, telehealth, and digital health solutions, can improve access to care and early intervention.
Education and Training: Providing education and training for healthcare providers on recognizing warning signs and providing timely care is critical.
Policy Advocacy: Discussing the importance of advocacy efforts to influence policies that support maternal health is essential. These policies may include expanding Medicaid coverage, increasing funding for maternal health programs, and promoting healthcare equity.
For questions or inquiries please contact FNUevents@frontier.edu.
Submit an Abstract
We are currently inviting submissions for this conference that focus on programs and practices that have been successful in reducing maternal mortality rates, particularly among historically marginalized populations. We are interested in innovative approaches spanning both community and healthcare systems that include prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
If you’re interested in submitting an abstract for this conference, please contact FNUevents@frontier.edu.
This conference will provide a valuable platform for experts from various disciplines to share their insights and experiences in reducing maternal mortality. By disseminating successful strategies and promoting collaboration, it has the potential to make a significant impact on maternal health in the United States.
Thank you to our conference organizers!
Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM
President, Frontier Nursing University
The Phyllis and Mark Leppert Foundation for
Fertility Research known as The Campion Fund.
Phyllis C. Leppert, MD, PhD
President, Campion Fund; Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University