Grant to Help Further Maternal Health Study
By Sean Price

The Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee (MMMRC) recently obtained a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help analyze maternal deaths and collect more timely data. 

Thanks in part to leadership from Texas Medical Association members on the committee, the panel already has made important progress in studying the problems tied to maternal health, and this money will help further those efforts, says Helen Kent Davis, TMA’s associate vice president for governmental affairs. 

The two-year grant of $553,209 per year will help the Texas MMMRC identify and review all pregnancy-associated deaths and to enter standardized data into the CDC’s Maternal Mortality Review Information Application system. The money also will help the MMMRC produce more up-to-date information. 

In the panel’s 2020 biennial legislative report, for instance, the committee reported on data from 2013, Ms. Davis says. 

With the grant, MMMRC has been able to begin reviewing 2019 and 2020 data as well, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The agency also has begun a preliminary review of 2020 cases that may be linked to COVID-19 as a cause of death. 

Maternal health is a legislative priority for TMA, which has thrown its support behind legislation like House Bill 133 to provide 12 months of comprehensive post-partum coverage to mothers on Medicaid. 

DSHS also reminds physicians of the many services Texas provides, including:

DSHS also oversees the TexasAIM initiative, which helps hospitals and clinics improve maternal safety through implementing best practices. This year, 98% of Texas hospitals with obstetric service lines are enrolled in TexasAIM.

Last Updated On

May 19, 2021

Originally Published On

May 19, 2021

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Sean Price is a reporter for Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. He grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. He's worked as an award-winning writer and editor for a variety of national magazine, book, and website publishers in New York and Washington. He's also helped produce Texas-based marketing campaigns designed to promote public health. Sean lives in Austin and enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with his wife and two sons.

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