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Brief Overview of State MMR or PAMR

The Alaska Maternal Child Death Review (MCDR) is a program that systematically and comprehensively reviews deaths using a multi-disciplinary consensus decision making approach. This model specifically aims to identify causes and contributing factors to maternal, infant, and child deaths in Alaska and develop recommendations to prevent future deaths. This goal is accomplished through expert committee reviews of medical records, autopsy reports, death scene investigation reports, and other relevant information that is compiled for every death. MCDR reviews any pregnancy-associated death that occurs within a year of a woman's having been pregnant, regardless of the cause of death. MCDR maternal review meetings are held on an annual basis to review all deaths that occurred the previous year. In cases where both the mother and infant dies, the cases are reviewed together if possible. Because Alaska's population is relatively small, the maternal and child death review programs are combined into one, and many committee members review both types of death.

Primary
Name: 
Daniella Delozier
Phone: 
907.269.3446
This individual fills the role of: 
MMR/PAMR Administrative Coordinator
Secondary
Name: 
Margaret Young
Phone: 
907.269.5657
This individual fills the role of: 
Epidemiologist
Scope of Cases Reviewed
  • All pregnancy-associated deaths (All deaths of women while pregnant or within one year of the end of pregnancy, due to any cause)
Location of Deaths Reviewed by Committee
  • Deaths of Non-residents in State (or city/county if local review)
  • Deaths of Residents Out-of-State (or out-of-city/county if local review)
  • State Residents (or City/County Residents if local review)
ADDITIONAL DETAILS AND CROSS-STATE AGREEMENTS:
We review any pregnancy-associated death that occurs in Alaska, or among Alaskan residents. Due to the small number of deaths per year (1-3 pregnancy-related deaths each year), reports are published roughly every 5 years.
Individuals, Disciplines, and Organizations Represented on Review
  • Perinatal Quality Collaborative
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Tribal Organizations
  • Some members fill multiple categories
  • State Title V Program
  • Child Protective Services
  • Child Death Review Staff
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatrician/Neonatologist
  • Emergency Response
  • Home Visiting
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Family Planning
  • Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Program Staff

RESOURCES

Consensus Form

Year of publication or last update: 
2017
This is the consensus form used for maternal death reviews in Alaska.