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Brief Overview of State MMR or PAMR

Colorado’s Maternal Mortality Review Committee was established in 1993, with many of the founding members still engaged. This multi-disciplinary committee has 25 members and meets quarterly. The Committee reviews all pregnancy-associated cases, excluding homicides. In 2013, Colorado had 65,004 live births and 30 pregnancy-associated deaths. The Committee determined 5 of these cases to be pregnancy-related. The Committee aims to identify trends and risk factors in Colorado to then develop actionable strategies for prevention and intervention.

Primary
Name: 
Shivani Bhatia
Credentials: 
MPH
Title: 
Maternal Wellness & Early Childhood Section
Phone: 
303-692-6275
Affiliation: 
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Secondary
Name: 
Anne Schiffmacher
Phone: 
303-692-2182
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), excluding homicides
Location of Deaths Reviewed by Committee
  • State Residents (or City/County Residents if local review)
Individuals, Disciplines, and Organizations Represented on Review
  • Anesthesiology
  • Behavioral Health Agency
  • Child Death Review Staff
  • Epidemiology
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Perinatal Nursing
  • Perinatal Quality Collaborative
  • Psychiatry/Mental Health Provider
  • Social Work
  • State Title V Program
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Violence Prevention Agency
  • Vital Records

RESOURCES

MMR Case Summary Template

Source: 
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Year of publication or last update: 
2016
Case summary template used by our nurse abstractor. Committee members are provided a summary for each case at the start of each meeting, granted time to read, ask any clarifying questions, and then the committee initiates the review.

Confidentiality Statement

Source: 
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Year of publication or last update: 
2014
Each MMRC member is required to sign a confidentiality statement at the start of every calendar year.

Medical Provider Record Request Letter

Source: 
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Year of publication or last update: 
2016
Request letter sent to medical providers.

Coroner Record Request Letter

Source: 
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Year of publication or last update: 
2016
Letter to coroners requesting records.