Maternal Health Task Force

Overview 

The Health Resources & Services Administration recently granted the state of Colorado a $5 million grant through the State Maternal Health Innovation & Data Capacity Program. One activity of this grant is to establish the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF), convened by Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative (CPCQC). The task force will consist of up to 50 members dedicated to preventing maternal mortality and morbidity. The taskforce will represent a broad range of diversity and representation across Colorado, professionally, geographically, and demographically. The group will be composed of community members, clinical providers including midwives and doulas, hospitals, insurers/payers, tribes/tribal organizations, researchers, and community-led organizations.  The charge of the task force is to guide the implementation of evidence-informed interventions to address critical gaps in the state provision of maternity care services. This includes the following activities:   

  • Conduct baseline needs assessment and gap analysis in these areas: 

    • Maternal health clinical and behavioral health workforce

    • Data systems, resources, and integration

    • Access to telehealth services for prenatal care, postpartum care, and mental health/substance use disorder services 

    • Community strengths and needs in each region of the state; capacity to deliver community-based services

    • Covered maternal health benefits , especially care coordination and patient navigation 

  • Create a four-year strategic plan that addresses the needs assessment 

  • Connect and convene partners to share data and identify opportunities for shared work and efficiencies across systems.

  • Support state and local maternal mortality and morbidity reduction programming, including the Title V MCH Block Grant, Maternal Mortality Prevention Program, the CDC-funded Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality (ERASE MM), and locally led MCH work in each region of the state. 

  • Provide education, technical assistance, and recommendations for state maternal health policy.

Resumen 

La Administración de Recursos y Servicios de Salud concedió recientemente al estado de Colorado una subvención de $5 millones a través del Programa Estatal de Innovación en Salud Materna y Capacidad de Datos. Una de las actividades de esta subvención es la creación del Grupo de Trabajo de Salud Materna (MHTF), convocado por el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE) y la Colaboración para la Calidad de la Atención Perinatal de Colorado (CPCQC). El grupo de trabajo estará formado por hasta 50 miembros dedicados a la prevención de la mortalidad y la morbilidad maternas. El grupo de trabajo representará una amplia gama de diversidad y representación de todo Colorado, profesionalmente, geográficamente y demográficamente. El grupo estará compuesto por miembros de la comunidad, proveedores clínicos, entre los que se incluyen parteras y doulas, hospitales, compañías de seguros/pagadores, tribus/organizaciones tribales, investigadores y organizaciones comunitarias.  El grupo de trabajo se encargará de orientar la implementación de intervenciones basadas en evidencia para subsanar las deficiencias críticas en la prestación de servicios de cuidado materno a nivel estatal. Esto incluye las siguientes actividades:   

  •  Realizar una evaluación de las necesidades de base y un análisis de las deficiencias en estas áreas: 
    • Fuerza laboral de salud materna, clínica y conductual
    • Sistemas, recursos e integración de datos
    • Acceso a los servicios de telesalud para la atención prenatal, la atención posparto y los servicios de salud mental/trastornos por consumo de sustancias 
    • Conocer los puntos fuertes y las necesidades de la comunidad en cada región del estado; la capacidad para prestar servicios basados en la comunidad
    • Beneficios cubiertos de salud materna, especialmente la coordinación de los cuidados y la orientación del paciente 
  • Crear un plan estratégico de cuatro años que aborde la evaluación de necesidades. 
  • Conectar y convocar a los socios para que compartan datos e identifiquen oportunidades de trabajo compartido y de eficiencia en todos los sistemas.
  • Apoyar los programas estatales y locales de reducción de la mortalidad y morbilidad maternas, incluido el Fondo del Título V para la Salud Materna e Infantil, el Programa de prevención de la mortalidad materna, el programa financiado por los CDC para mejorar las revisiones y la vigilancia para eliminar la mortalidad materna (ERASE MM), y el trabajo de MCH dirigido localmente en cada región del estado. 
  • Proporcionar educación, asistencia técnica y recomendaciones para la normativa estatal de salud materna.
 
 
Important dates

 

  • December 9: Application closes

 

  • December 21: CDPHE and CPCQC will announce the taskforce members via email and the CDPHE website. 

 

  • Week of January 9: First MHTF meeting. More details on exact date and time will be sent once confirmed.

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Subcommittees and Topic Areas

The Maternal Health Task Force will have work groups that include the following and others to be determined:

  • Maternal Health Data: Data collection, integration, compilation, and communication.

  • Clinical Quality and Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) Patient Safety Bundles: Adoption of AIM safety bundles (a package of evidence based measures that facilities can implement to improve patient safety and outcomes) ; payment and delivery models that promote quality care, care integration, and care coordination. Patient Safety Bundles are a structured way of improving the processes of care and patient outcomes. When performed collectively and reliably have been proven to improve patient outcomes.

  • Social and Structural Determinants of Maternal Health: Policy and community-based solutions to address inequities in maternal health outcomes.

 

Subcomités y áreas temáticas

El Grupo de Trabajo de Salud Materna tendrá grupos de trabajo que incluyen los siguientes y otros por determinar:

  • Datos de salud materna: Recolección, integración, compilación y comunicación de datos.
  • Calidad clínica y paquetes de seguridad del paciente de la Alianza para la Innovación en Salud Materna (AIM): Adopción de paquetes de seguridad AIM (un paquete de medidas basadas en la evidencia que los centros pueden aplicar para mejorar la seguridad y los resultados de los pacientes); modelos de pago y entrega que promueven la atención médica de calidad, la integración de la atención médica y la coordinación de esta. Los paquetes de seguridad del paciente son una forma estructurada de mejorar los procesos de atención médica y los resultados de los pacientes. Cuando se realiza de forma colectiva y confiable se ha demostrado que mejora los resultados de los pacientes.
  • Determinantes sociales y estructurales de la salud materna: Soluciones normativas y comunitarias para abordar las desigualdades en los resultados de salud materna.
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Estimated Time Commitment

Since the Maternal Health Task Force will be going through a needs assessment and strategic planning process during the first year, participation on the task force will require a commitment of time both in and outside of meetings. Depending on your level of participation, you can expect to participate in three or four longer half-day or day-long sessions along with smaller, more frequent workgroup meetings. Exact dates and times of meetings are still to be determined.

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Structure 

The entire MHTF will meet virtually. In the first year, in which the MHTF will be conducting baseline needs assessment, please anticipate a few hours between meetings in editing and contributing feedback. Each member will have the dates and times sent out at the beginning of the year. The taskforce will elect the following positions: 

  • (Co-)Chair(s) - This person (people) will be responsible for meeting with CDPHE/CPCQC staff to guide the strategic direction of the MHTF. Additionally, if any conferences, media inquiries, or legislative testimony is requested, the chair would represent the taskforce.  

The workgroups will meet additionally to the general task.  Each workgroup will need to elect a chair who will be responsible for forming the agendas and reporting back progress to the larger taskforce. 

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Application Timeline and Instructions

Apply to be a member of the Maternal Health Task Force

November 1: Application opens

Those interested in serving on the committee must submit this completed application.

For the short response questions, you can type your responses or record them audibly. While the survey defaults to an audio response, either response type is accepted, and it is your choice. You may switch your response between audio and text throughout the application. You can review and re-record audio responses prior to submitting them. Please choose whichever response type you prefer. 
 

  • Audible: Click "Record" to record your response using the microphone on your device.

  • Typed: Click "Or click here to answer with text." 

The short response questions are as follows: 

  • Colorado's Maternal Health Task Force will represent a broad range of diversity and representation across Colorado. Please share the demographics, regions, identities, and areas of experiences and expertise that you would represent on the task force. (max of 3000 words/3 minutes)

  • Please explain why you are interested in serving on Colorado's Maternal Health Task Force. (max of 3000 words/3 minutes)

  • What has been your experience with maternal mortality or severe maternal morbidity? If you have had a personal experience, please only share to the extent to which you feel comfortable telling your story. (max of 3000 words/3 minutes)

  • Please describe your personal and/or professional commitment to equity and anti-racism. (max of 3000 words/3 minutes)

The application will also ask applicants to provide a reference who can attest to their professional experience and/or character.

December 9: Application closes

December 21: CDPHE and CPCQC will announce the taskforce members via email and the CDPHE website. 

Week of January 9: First MHTF meeting. More details on exact date and time will be sent once confirmed.

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Questions

Please contact the Maternal Mortality Prevention Program at preventmaternalmortality@state.co.us