IMI Presents at Roundtable Event Hosted by Department of Health and Human Services

Washington, DC – The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) today presented key findings on maternal health at a panel hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). IMI founding executive director Dr. Jennifer Moore moderated a panel that featured current IMI board member Karen Dale and past IMI Data & Research Committee chair, Kate Paris.

The event, Maternal Health Roundtable: Unraveling Maternal Mortality & Morbidity, was hosted by InnovationX within the Department of Health and Human Services. The event focused on highlighting innovative work targeted at reducing maternal mortality in both the private and public work sectors and shedding light on challenges for implementing viable solutions to prevent maternal mortality & morbidity.

Most maternal deaths are preventable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Yet in the U.S., maternal mortality rates have escalated from 9.8 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2000 to 21.5 deaths in 2014. The CDC also reports that on average, Black, American Indian, and Alaska Native birthing individuals are more likely to experience pregnancy-related complications than white birthing individuals. Learn more about IMI’s research in the field of maternal health here.