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Maternal-Child Health

Health care delivery for maternal-child populations represents a key opportunity for improvement in Missouri.

Addressing the complex health considerations relating to maternal and child health is important because it provides an opportunity to end preventable deaths among all women, children and adolescents and to greatly improve their health and well-being. The tools and programs that MHA provides seek to improve the health care experience and outcomes for moms and babies in Missouri.

Missouri’s Birth Story

Missouri’s maternal mortality rate represents a call to action for stakeholders to improve maternal health outcomes. The December 2019 issue of Trajectories outlines several strategies stakeholders currently are undertaking to address the state’s high rate of maternal mortality, and maternity- and childbirth-related illness.

Read the report

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Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health

Soon after launching the Missouri Maternal-Child Learning and Action Network in 2018, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and MHA partnered to join the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as funded by the Health Research & Services Administration, to form the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health — AIM.

AIM Information

Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy

AIM Webinars

Missouri Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Collaborative

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that neonatal abstinence syndrome is a public health crisis that is multifactorial, and must be solved with a thoughtful approach focused on prevention, expansion of treatment for women with substance use disorder, and increased funding for child welfare systems to ensure the health of the mother-infant dyad who has been exposed to substance use. NAS affects infants who are exposed to opioids in-utero.

Missouri NAS Collaborative Goals

  • Increase capacity and capability of Level II nursery locations to provide nonpharmacologic support of infants with in-utero exposure to substance abuse.
  • Use evidence-based, nonpharmacologic treatment to support the infant, ideally through the Eat, Sleep, Console model, to foster an environment that promotes mother-infant attachment and health outcomes.
  • Collaborate to develop safe plans of care for both the infant and the mother.
  • Identify psychosocial and addiction recovery services locally and ensure transitions of care occur.
  • Monitor and report identified data metrics toward performance improvement.

Join the Collaborative

For those interested in joining the collaborative, register your organization online.

The Cuff Kit™ Project

MHA and the Missouri Maternal-Child Learning and Action Network are pleased to announce The Cuff Kit™ Project, funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health through the Preeclampsia Foundation. The Cuff Kit Project distributes comprehensive blood pressure cuff kits to maternal patients at high risk for or diagnosed with blood pressure-related issues, as well as to other vulnerable populations.

Organizations participating in the Missouri AIM Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy Collaborative will be given first priority in receiving the kits. Additional opportunities primarily will be given to FQHCs serving maternal patients in identified high-need regions of Missouri.


Contact An Expert

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Alison Williams

Vice President of Clinical Quality Improvement
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Kelsey Hussey

Director of Maternal-Child Health
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