Review to Action is a resource developed as part of a partnership of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) with the CDC Foundation and the CDC Division of Reproductive Health. Review to Action is a product of a larger 2016-2019 initiative, Building U.S. Capacity to Review and Prevent Maternal Deaths led by the CDC Foundation that also includes the Maternal Mortality Review Information Application, or MMRIA. The project is supported by funding from Merck, through an award agreement with its Merck for Mothers program.
On September 5, 2019 CDC officially announced the award of more than $45 million over five years to support the work of Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRC) through the Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality (ERASE MM) initiative. The new funds will build on Building U.S. Capacity to Review and Prevent Maternal Deaths and continue the CDC/AMCHP partnership to support MMRCs and their work to identify prevention strategies.
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The pregnancy-related mortality ratio in the U.S. has steadily increased in recent decades, and an estimated 700 women die of pregnancy-related causes each year. The goal of Review to Action is to promote the state-based maternal mortality review process as the gold standard for maternal mortality surveillance and intervening in pregnancy-related death. Most states in the U.S. have or are planning to implement a maternal mortality review committee (MMRC). Review to Action provides resources to enhance the quality and comprehensiveness of their process and their capacity to implement findings from the committee.
The objectives of Review to Action include:
In addition to access to innovative resources and making connections with colleagues in other states, on the Review to Action website, users can gain access to expertise and technical assistance from the ERASE Maternal Mortality team and related partners. One-on-one technical assistance is available from the project team. This technical assistance is especially recommended for stakeholders interested in starting a MMRC. Simply email us here to reach the teams at AMCHP and CDC (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com).