MAternal health

New for 2020 ASHNHA has been awarded a contract with Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to support hospitals to engage in and learn from maternal morbidity and mortality reviews with the goal of learning and developing strategies to help address maternal health issues.  

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists note Maternal health is an important indicator for the overall health of our nation, states, and local communities.

Action to improve women’s health includes closing the outcomes disparities gap among black, Hispanic, and white women; eliminating barriers to risk-appropriate care including depression and substance use disorder screening and treatment; ensuring safe obstetric access in rural areas; funding for research to inform evidence-based interventions and quality measures; and reducing maternal deaths and severe pregnancy complications.

The Alaska Perinatal Quality Collaborative (AKPQC) has been established to promote high-quality maternal and newborn care across Alaska.