Maternal Health

Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association and our partners are working to improve maternal health outcomes by establishing and promoting best practices for care. Current work includes partnering with the Alaska State Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health / Women’s, Children’s, and Family Unit to reduce severe maternal morbidity and mortality, by advancing the work of the Alaska Perinatal Quality Collaborative’s quality initiatives in partnership with the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM).  As well, supporting and promoting the recommendations of the Maternal Child Death Review Committee to prevent maternal death. 

The state of Alaska was awarded one of 24 grants from the CDC for Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality (ERASE MM) Program. This funding directly supports agencies and organizations that coordinate and manage Maternal Mortality Review Committees to identify, review, and characterize maternal deaths; and identify prevention opportunities. This work will:

  • Facilitate an understanding of the drivers of maternal mortality and complications of pregnancy and better understand the associated disparities.
  • Determine what interventions at patient, provider, facility, system, and community levels will have the most effect.
  • Inform the implementation of initiatives in the right places for families and communities who need them most.

ASHNHA is partnering with the State of Alaska and the volunteer members of the Maternal Child Death Review Committee members to publish a comprehensive list of recommendations with the goal of preventing future maternal deaths. 

Each maternal death is one too many” /  “Atauciungermi yuunrilria irnirraarluni qununarquq“*  is now available, version one of four, the publication shares insights into the causes of maternal deaths in Alaska, recommendations for training and systems change to prevent future deaths. The Preventing Maternal Death, 2020 Recommendations from the Alaska Maternal Child Death Review Committee (MCDR), PFD is linked as well as the HTML file version here. 

MCDR Recommendations Issue 1 June 2020

MCDR Recommendations Issue 2 March 2021

SMM Toolkit and Resources
SMM Debrief Form
SMM Review Form (long version)
SMM Review Form (short version)

How to Become Involved:

Please consider sharing your time to help improve the interdisciplinary and cultural diversity of our committee. MCDR is seeking healthcare providers, behavioral health clinicians, social service and violence intervention professionals and first responders who work with rural Alaskan mothers and children to participate in multidisciplinary review meetings. The involvement of panelists who are Tribal Members, People of Color and who have experience working directly with populations experiencing health disparities is essential to MCDR’s efforts to promote health equity by identifying and making recommendations to address systemic factors underlying preventable deaths. To learn more about membership requirements or to nominate a potential panelist, please contact:

Maternal and Child Death Review Program
Division of Public Health
Section of Women’s, Children’s, and Family Health
3601 C Street, Suite 358
Anchorage, AK 99503 
Fax: (907) 754-3530
Email: [email protected]


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Reproductive Health

Alaska Perinatal Quality Collaborative

Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM).

 * Yupik Translation Courtesy: Bristol Bay Elder, Mrs. Molly Chythlook 2020