HRSA awards $2M to maternal mortality program

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) today awarded $2 million to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality through the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM).

“The rate of pregnancy-related deaths in the United States has more than doubled over the last two decades, and for every death, about 100 women suffer severe complications,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. “Today’s award is a clear example of HRSA’s leadership in addressing these serious public health issues.”

AIM will engage provider organizations, state-based health and public health systems, consumer groups, and other stakeholders in a national partnership.  Together they will help teams implement evidence-based maternal safety bundles proven to reduce severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality. Maternal safety bundles are a set of small straightforward evidence-based practices that when implemented collectively and reliably in the delivery setting have improved patient outcomes. The funding will also enable data analysis for continuous improvement.

“Evidence shows that many cases of maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity are preventable through increased use of safe maternity care protocols,” said Laura Kavanagh, Acting Associate Administrator of HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. “HRSA’s award will provide health care providers with tools that advance the quality and safety of maternity care to give women across the U.S. the best possible chance of a healthy pregnancy and beyond.”

In late June 2018, HRSA hosted the HRSA Maternal Mortality Summit, which gathered experts from the U.S. and internationally to highlight innovative strategies in reducing maternal morbidity and mortality. For more information on the Summit, visit and watch the videos on YouTube. To learn more about how HRSA is addressing maternal mortality, see

Date Last Reviewed:  August 2018