The quality of a case review and deliberations about individual deaths directly align to the expertise and commitment to the mission of the review by committee members serving on the MMRC. Committees should have a chair to provide overall leadership and vision for the group, members to inform the case review, and support from abstractors, coordinators, epidemiologists, and database managers.
In some states, the legislation that authorizes the MMRC outlines the process through which committee members can be identified and appointed. The authorizing legislation may specify disciplines that must serve on the committee, or more specifically, may mandate that representatives of organizations serve on the committee (e.g. the state Medicaid agency, hospital leadership). For states that have flexibility in the appointment of committee members, individuals responsible for establishing the MMRC may use an array of tactics to identify potential committee members, such as an open call for nominations or direct invitation to key stakeholder groups.
There is no recommended number of members serving on the MMRC. The total number of MMRC members is contingent upon the scope of the review (e.g. whether or not the review includes injury-related deaths), the number of deaths reviewed by the committee, and the committee’s mission (e.g. to advance health equity). Collectively, the members of an MMRC should be able to examine the clinical, social, and environmental factors that led to a maternal death. A diverse review committee comprised of members who represent a variety of clinical and psychosocial specializations, members working in different areas of the respective state, representatives of rural and urban or different race/ethnic backgrounds in that state, and disciplines such as social workers and community organizations can enhance the depth of reviews. MMRCs must balance breadth of expertise with the ability to reach consensus during case reviews.
A recommended membership strategy is to identify and recruit members who have skills across more than one role and can wear multiple hats on the committee. This flexibility can serve a great need because all members may not be able to participate in every meeting. Additionally, the frequency of meetings will depend on the purpose, scope, and case load of a review committee.
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Behavioral Health Agencies
Community Birth Workers
Community-Based Doula Program
Federal Qualified Health Centers
Critical Care Medicine
Maternal Fetal Medicine/ Perinatology
Healthy Start Agencies
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hospitals/ Hospital Associations
Private and Public Insurers
Professional Assoc. State Chapters
Mental Health Provider
Rural Health Associations
State Medical Society
State Medicaid Agency
Public Health Nursing
State Title V Program
State Title X Programs
Violence Prevention Agencies
Maintaining a comprehensive MMRC is essential to influence maternal outcomes. To retain members, MMRC leaders can implement the following strategies:
Some states may also invite key stakeholders to assist with reviews and serve on a review temporarily. To vet stakeholders or replacement members, MMRC leaders can implement the following strategies: