HRSA Maternal Mortality Summit: June 19 — 21, 2018

Promising Global Practices to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes

HRSA is bringing together leading subject matter experts from within and beyond U.S. borders to highlight innovative strategies in reducing maternal mortality. In addition to experts from the U.S., invited countries include Brazil, Canada, Finland, India, Rwanda, and the United Kingdom, as well as the World Health Organization.

The Summit is invitation-only. However, plenaries are open to the public. you can participate by:

Tuesday, June 19

Presentation of the Colors, United States Public Health Service Honor Guard
National Anthem, CAPT Gettie Audain, United States Public Health Service

Setting the Stage (All times EDT)
 
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Summit Welcome

Speakers:

  • RADM Kerry Nesseler, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Global Health
  • Laura Kavanagh, MPP, HRSA, Maternal & Child Health Bureau
  • George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D., Administrator, HRSA
  • VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for leadership to welcome participants to the Summit, and to orient the purpose, objectives, and charge of the meeting.

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote: The State of United States Maternal Health

Introduction: Lee A. Wilson, HRSA, Maternal & Child Health Bureau

Speakers:

  • Dr. William Callaghan, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, Founder/President, National Birth Equity Collaborative

Purpose: To provide an overview of the U.S. state of maternal health and introduce challenges, initiatives, and opportunities for improving maternal health.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Role of Government, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and Academia in Preventing Maternal Mortality and Severe Maternal Morbidity

Moderator: Laura Kavanagh, HRSA, Maternal & Child Health Bureau

Panel:

  • Karin Downs, Association of Maternal Child Health Programs
  • Kate McHugh, American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • Shanna Cox, CDC, Division of Reproductive Health
  • Dr. M. Kathryn Menard, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Purpose: To provide systems-focused perspectives from federal government, NGOs, and academia on mechanisms and collaborative approaches to improve maternal health outcomes.

11:15 – 11:40 a.m.

Consumer Perspectives on Maternal Mortality & Severe Maternal Morbidity

Introduction: LCDR Charlie Darr, HRSA, Office of Global Health

Speakers:

  • Eleni Tsigas, Preeclampsia Foundation
  • Beatriz Beckford, Mom’s Rising

Purpose: To hear from consumer advocacy organizations that support efforts to address maternal morbidity and mortality by providing support and education, raising public awareness and advocating for policy to improve health care practices.

11:40 a.m. – noon

Raising Soleil

Introduction: LCDR Leticia Manning, HRSA, Maternal & Child Health Bureau

Speaker: Ms. Wanda Irving

Purpose: To provide an intimate story about the life of LCDR Shalon Irving and the maternal health complications that led to her untimely death. This session will highlight maternal mortality disparities and challenges associated with postpartum care in the United States.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
1:00 – 1:05 p.m.

Welcome

Introduction: Caitlin Patenaude, HRSA, Office of the Administrator

Speaker: Garrett Grigsby, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Global Affairs

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Keynote: Global Perspectives on Maternal Mortality

Introduction: Dr. Austin Demby, HRSA, Office of Global Health

Speaker: Dr. Doris Chou, World Health Organization

Purpose: To focus on the importance of global surveillance of maternal health within the context of country-driven measurement. This session will also provide information about maternal health targets for the Sustainable Development Goals and their implications for countries.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Country Panel I: Canada, Finland, India

Moderator: Dr. Doris Chou, World Health Organization

Panel:

  • Professor Heather Scott, Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Arja Ruponen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
  • Dr. Dinesh Baswal, Deputy Commissioner, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India

To provide the global context of maternal mortality and share best practices for improving maternal health outcomes across the life course by highlighting innovative strategies and key lessons learned.

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Country Panel II: Brazil, Rwanda, United Kingdom

Moderator: Shauna Rust, HRSA, Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation

Panel:

  • Dr. Monica Neri, General Coordinator of Women’s Health, Ministry of Health, Brazil
  • Dr. Albert Tuyishime, Manager of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Business Strategy, Rwanda Biomedical Center, Rwanda
  • Marian Knight, Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health, Oxford University, United Kingdom

To provide the global context of maternal mortality and share best practices for improving maternal health outcomes across the life course by highlighting innovative strategies and key lessons learned.

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • RADM Kerry Nesseler, HRSA, Office of Global Health

 
Wednesday, June 20

Life Course Sharing (All times EDT)
 
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome

  • Lee A. Wilson, HRSA, Maternal & Child Health Bureau
8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Plenary
Before & Beyond: Key Components of Preconception, Interconception & Women's Health Care

Moderator: Kimberly Sherman, HRSA, Maternal & Child Health Bureau

Panel:

  • Dr. Sarah Verbiest, University of North Carolina
  • Dr. Jeanne Conry, American College Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Global Representative: Dr. Zuberi Muvunyi, Rwanda
  • United Kingdom Representative

Purpose: To discuss key components of preconception and interconception care by defining key terms, identifying challenges, and highlighting the linkage between care during these life stages and maternal health outcomes.

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Preconception Care Breakout Sessions
(Webcast is not available. Join us again at 11:15 a.m. for the next Plenary.)
11:00 – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Plenary
Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery

Moderator: Lauren Spears, HRSA, Bureau of Health Workforce

Panel:

  • Dr. Elliot Main, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
  • Dr. Elizabeth Howell, Mount Sinai Health System
  • Jennie Joseph, Commonsense Childbirth
  • Dr. Dinesh Baswal, Deputy Commissioner, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India

Purpose: To explore issues relevant to pregnancy, labor, and delivery including disparities in maternal health outcomes, models and standards for promoting maternal health and safety, and barriers to accessing maternal care.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery Breakout Sessions
(Webcast is not available. Join us again at 2:45 p.m. for the next Plenary.)
2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Plenary
Improving Postpartum Outcomes through Policy, Programs, and Data

Moderator: Dr. Arden Handler, University of Illinois at Chicago

Panel:

  • Dr. Haywood Brown, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Sue Kendig, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
  • Professor Mika Gissler, Research Professor, THL National Institute for Health and Welfare Information Services Department, Finland

Purpose: To describe initiatives to improve postpartum outcomes and reduce maternal mortality through the first year after giving birth. 

 

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Postpartum Period Breakout Sessions
(Webcast is not available. Join us again tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.)

 
Thursday, June 21

Sparking Innovation (All times EDT)
 
8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Remarks

Introduction: Dr. Austin Demby, HRSA, Office of Global Health

Speaker: Dr. Alma Golden, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Deputy Associate Administrator

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Plenary
Emerging Issues in Maternal Health

Moderator: RADM Kerry Nesseler, HRSA, Office of Global Health

Panel:

  • RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, Deputy Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service
  • Dorothy Shaw, Vice President, Medical Affairs, BC Women's Hospital, Canada
  • Denise Porto, Demographic and Maternal and Child Health Mortality Indicators Focal Point, Ministry of Health, Brazil

Purpose: To provide an overview of emerging issues in maternal health, and to address efforts to reduce disparities in maternal mortality.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. Emerging Issues Breakout Sessions
(Webcast is not available. Broadcast will resume at 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon sessions.)
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Break
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Overview of Key Recommendations to Reduce Maternal Mortality Across the Life Stages

Moderator: Laura Kavanaugh, HRSA, Maternal & Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

Panel:

  • Natasha Coulouris, HRSA, MCHB
  • Jennifer Fiedelholtz, HRSA, MCHB
  • Lauren Ramos, HRSA, MCHB
  • Dr. Catharine Riley, HRSA, MCHB
  • Dr. Catherine Vladutiu, HRSA, MCHB

Open Forum: All Participants

To provide a summary of key recommendations presented during the breakout sessions and give Summit participants an opportunity to ask questions, and present final thoughts.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Global Delegates' Perspectives on Improving Maternal Health Outcomes

Moderator: Dr. Austin Demby, HRSA, Office of Global Health

Panel:

  • Maria Gerlivia de Melo Maia Angelim, Technical Advisor of the Department of Programmatic and Strategic Actions, Ministry of Health, Brazil
  • Dr. Jocelynn L. Cook, Chief Scientific Officer, The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, Canada
  • Arja Ruponen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
  • Dr. Dinesh Baswal, Deputy Commissioner, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India
  • Dr. Albert Tuyishime, Manager of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Business Strategy, Rwanda Biomedical Center, Rwanda
  • Professor Lesley Regan, Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St Mary's Hospital Campus, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Purpose: To convene global representatives to share final thoughts on mechanisms to improve maternal health outcomes.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Summit Closing

Speaker: Dr. George Sigounas, HRSA Administrator

 

Date Last Reviewed:  June 2018