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MMRIA MMRC Abstractor Manual

Year of publication or last update: 
2017

This manual is an in-depth guide to case abstraction, intended for abstractors both seasoned and new to their positions.

MMRIA Committee Facilitation Guide

Year of publication or last update: 
2019

This guide is intended to share best practices that will help maternal mortality review committees (MMRCs) establish processes for case review. The guide is structured in the general order of steps a committee might take in conducting an actual review committee meeting. Your committee may choose to do things differently depending on your resources, committee makeup, and scope. Consider this document a tool to help you establish a strong foundation for committee facilitation from which to develop and build upon your own skills and experience.

Maternal Mortality Media / Communications Training 101 feat. Dr. Camara Jones

Year of publication or last update: 
2020

Brittany Behm, MPH of CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health Communications Team focuses on working with the media in your maternal mortality messaging. Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD then discusses the importance of addressing inequities in maternal mortality, particularly among Black and Native communities, in state-level messaging. Access the webinar recording here: https://youtu.be/Kj0jTs6NKFY.

MMRIA Qualitative Analysis

Year of publication or last update: 
2020

Sarah C. Blake PhD, MA and Margaret Master MBA, MPH from Emory University describe the qualitative analysis process, including preparing memos, defining codes, developing a qualitative codebook, and identifying themes in your data. With a focus on the contributing factors, recommendations, notes, and narratives in MMRIA, this presentation will help you develop qualitative analysis questions to better understand pregnancy-associated deaths in your jurisdiction.

MMRIA Data Visualization

Year of publication or last update: 
2020

Amanda Makulec, MPH, Excella Data Visualization Lead, demonstrates how to clearly and effectively present MMRIA data. Using a variety of example audiences and chart types, she explains how to select the best visual for your data and then provide tips for creating these charts in Excel. A sample Excel workbook is available to follow along with Amanda’s presentation. Access the webinar recording here: https://centersfordiseasecontrol.sharefile.com/d-s19a31e6828c4cf98.

Using MMRIA to Document Discrimination and Racism

Year of publication or last update: 
2020

Dr. Elizabeth Howell MD, MPP, Director, Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute, and Professor & Vice Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, discusses tools for MMRCs to identify racism and discrimination as contributing factors in pregnancy-related deaths. The first recording is available here: https://ondieh.adobeconnect.com/pjrd6p7s8e3o/. This webinar was recorded on April 20, 2020.

MMRIA Abstractor Office Hour Webinar Notes

Year of publication or last update: 
2020

The CDC ERASE MM team hosts monthly MMRIA Abstractor Office Hours webinars. While abstractors are the intended audience, the webinars have attracted other MMRC support staff, including health department leadership, committee coordinators, and data analysts to hear answers to frequently asked questions for MMRIA users. The webinars serve as a forum for discussions on how to abstract deaths from causes such as maternal mental health conditions or substance use disorder, and how to facilitate review team discussions on non-clinical causes of death.

Guidance for Using the MMRIA Committee Decisions Form

Year of publication or last update: 
2020

This webinar will answer frequently asked questions and assist committee leaders and staff in using the MMRIA Committee Decisions form. The guidance includes a special focus on mapping contributing factors to actionable recommendations. Visit to https://centersfordiseasecontrol.sharefile.com/d-s86dcfb801d14f218 access the recording.

MMRC Agenda Template

Year of publication or last update: 
2017

Agendas for case review meetings should follow a structure that promotes committee efficiency, effectiveness, and engagement of the committee members. Many committees find that thorough case review requires 20-30 minutes per case.

Maternal Mortality Review Committee Decisions Form

Year of publication or last update: 
2020

The Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA) is a comprehensive database that provides for standardized documentation of committee decisions. The MMRIA Committee Decisions Form may be printed and distributed with case review materials to facilitate committee discussion.