Your Expertise Can Help Stop Maternal Deaths
By David Doolittle


Just like you, the Texas Medical Association is committed to stopping Texas mothers from dying.

TMA does that by putting our weight behind initiatives and legislation that reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. As a physician, you take a more hands-on approach.

If you would like to do even more, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Hospital Association Foundation are seeking physicians interested in serving as faculty for the TexasAIM Plus Obstetric Hemorrhage Learning Collaborative

The collaborative is a function of the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM), a nationwide initiative that helps hospitals, physicians, and nurses work collaboratively to improve maternal safety. DSHS partnered with AIM in a series of educational events earlier this year.

The TexasAIM program uses collections of best practices, known as bundles, that focus on specific maternal health and safety topics, including:   

As of mid-September, 189 Texas hospitals have officially signed up to implement AIM, including 135 that indicated their intention to join as TexasAIM Plus sites. Over the coming year, TexasAIM hospitals will work to implement the obstetric hemorrhage bundle first.

Collaborative faculty will help plan learning activities related to the bundle and will serve as obstetric hemorrhage subject-matter experts, offering guidance, coaching, and feedback to hospital improvement teams participating in the collaborative.

“The anticipated time commitment is equivalent to an average of 1-2 days per month, and includes participation in planning phone calls and Action Period webinars, communication over email, and attendance as faculty at in-person two-day Learning Sessions in November 2018, and the spring and fall of 2019,” DSHS said in a statement. “The anticipated time commitment for one to two physician faculty chairs is equivalent to an average of 2-4 days per month.”

The deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 28. 

The faculty application can be found at TexasAIM Plus Obstetric Hemorrhage Learning Collaborative Application for Faculty Membership. Additional information can be found on the TexasAIM webpage.

If you have any questions, contact Audrey Young with DSHS at (512) 776-3069 or TexasAIM[at]dshs[dot]texas[dot]gov

TMA has been actively working to eliminate maternal deaths, and in May adopted an eight-point plan to address the state’s maternal health crisis.

Find more information on how you can help reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in Texas on TMA’s website.

Last Updated On

September 18, 2018

Originally Published On

September 18, 2018

David Doolittle


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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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