The UAB School of Public Health received a five-year award through the Health Resources and Services Administration under the, “State Maternal Health Innovation and Data Capacity Program” to oversee the Alabama Maternal Health Innovation and Data Capacity Program and associated Alabama Maternal Health Task Force (AL-MHTF).
The purpose of the AL-MHTF is to develop a collective vision for maternal health improvement across the state and drive change. The AL-MHTF will convene a multi-disciplinary group of partners including, but not limited to, representatives from government agencies, private and non-profit sectors, payers, civic organizations, healthcare systems, universities, faith-based and community groups, families and patients, and many more. The AL-MHTF members will work over the next five years to build and update a strategic plan to address the following key areas necessary to improving maternal health including growing and strengthening the maternal health workforce, improving access to continuous, high-quality clinical care, increasing community engagement, and improving data capacity all through a health equity lens. The AL-MHTF will center the voices of patients and communities to promote equity and reduce disparities. The AL-MHTF will serve to break down silos between entities engaging with moms across the lifespan, thereby supporting the creation of a more cohesive, wraparound system of care.
The AL-MHTF is overseen by the Alabama Perinatal Quality Collaborative which will promote the alignment of mutually reinforcing activities, reduce duplication, implement continuous quality improvement tools, and identify areas where further resource allocation will be necessary to sustain project success.
Alabama is now part of a broader network of state awardees supported by the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center.