This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Supporting Maternal Health Innovation (Supporting MHI) Program. The purpose of this program is to support HRSA award recipients who focus on improving maternal health, states and key stakeholders in their efforts to reduce and prevent maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity (SMM) by providing: 1) Capacity-building assistance (CBA) to recipients of the State Maternal Health Innovation (State MHI) Program and the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management (RMOMS) Program to implement innovative and evidence-informed strategies, and 2) Establish a resource center to provide national guidance to HRSA award recipients, states, and key stakeholders to improve maternal health.
Specifically, funding for this program will:
1) Provide CBA to recipients of the State MHI Program (HRSA-19-107) and the RMOMS Program (HRSA-19-094) to support implementation of innovative and evidence-informed strategies to address disparities in maternal health and reduce and prevent maternal mortality and severe maternal mortality (SMM); and
2) Establish a resource center that provides national guidance to improve maternal health and reduce maternal mortality and SMM by offering technical assistance (TA), training, education, development and dissemination of resources, policy analysis and partnership building to HRSA award recipients who focus on improving maternal health, states, and key stakeholders.
a. HRSA award recipients who focus on improving maternal health include, but are not limited to, the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM), the AIM – Community Care Initiative (HRSA-19-109), the Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health (Healthy Start), and the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant Program (Title V MCH Services Block Grant Program)
b. States and key stakeholders include, but are not limited to: health care and public health professionals, state health agencies, community-based organizations, academic institutions, and pregnant and postpartum women and their families.
The Supporting MHI award recipient will support the nine State MHI award recipients (HRSA-19-107) in achieving the performance milestones listed below:
• Increase the percentage of women covered by health insurance.
• Increase the percentage of women who receive an annual well-woman visit.
• Increase the percentage of pregnant women who receive prenatal care.
• Increase the percentage of pregnant women who receive prenatal care in the first trimester.
• Increase the percentage of pregnant women who receive a postpartum visit.
• Increase the percentage of women screened for perinatal depression.
• Decrease the rate of pregnancy-related deaths.
• Decrease the racial, ethnic, and/or geographic disparities in pregnancy-related mortality rates.
Any domestic public or private entity, including an Indian tribe or tribal organization (as those terms are defined at 25 U.S.C. 450b) is eligible to apply. See 42 CFR § 51a.3(a). Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations are also eligible to apply.
LCDR Leticia Manning, MPH