The Maternal Mortality Prevention Program (MMPP) exists to eliminate preventable maternal deaths in the State of Colorado, reduce maternal morbidities, and improve population health and health equity for pregnant and postpartum people. This practice impacts the maternal population in Colorado, focusing on deaths that occur during pregnancy and up to one year after pregnancy, regardless of the cause.
The MMPP is responsible for administering the Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC), a multidisciplinary committee that reviews every maternal death that occurs in the state. The MMPP works to prevent maternal deaths by improving the maternal mortality review process and implementing recommendations for prevention through community-led solutions, clinical quality improvement, and public health programs, including evidence-based interventions to reduce disparities and achieve health equity in maternal health outcomes.
Colorado’s commitment to reviewing maternal mortality was put in statute in May 2019 when Gov. Jared Polis signed the bipartisan Maternal Mortality Prevention Act to formalize and fund the Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC). It also provided subpoena protection for MMRC members, and required affected communities to be represented on the MMRC. The legislation also enabled Colorado to apply for and receive grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s ERASE Maternal Mortality grant program, which began in October 2019. The CDC grant supports the state to expand its three-pronged strategy of community-led solutions, clinical quality improvement, and public health programs. With funds from the CDC and the state, Colorado can collect better data, analyze and publish data more frequently, and implement recommendations to prevent deaths and improve maternal health equity.
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Behavioral Health Agencies
Federally Qualified Health Centers
Private and Public Insurers
Professional Assoc. State Chapters
State Medicaid Agency
State Title V Program
Maternal Fetal Medicine/Perinatology
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mental Health Provider
Public Health Nursing
Colorado Success Story: AIM for Birthing People with Substance Use Disorder Implements Patient Safety Bundle in 14 Hospitals (Apr 2022)
As implementation arm for Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Maternal Mortality Prevention Program, Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative (CPCQC) created the Colorado AIM: Substance Use Disorder Learning Collaborative. The collaborative implemented the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) Obstetric Care for Birthing People with Substance Use Disorder patient safety bundle in 14 hospitals. Teams increased their capacity for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) by 33% on average; 29% of teams reached sustainability with SUD, depression, and anxiety screening. 8,707 patients for were screened for depression, 8,071 for anxiety, and 7,256 for SUD.
Colorado Success Story: MMRC Diversifies Its Membership (Apr 2022)
Colorado’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) identified the need to diversify its membership to include more people who have been affected by the drivers of maternal mortality. Nineteen new members were onboarded, including ten members who identify as being from a marginalized community and six members with lived experience related to maternal health. The new members have infused fresh perspectives leading to rich discussions related to health equity and quality improvement within our MMRC.