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Tribally-led Maternal Morality Review Committees (MMRCs)

Maternal Mortality Review Committees (MMRCs) are multidisciplinary committees that currently convene at the state or local level to comprehensively review deaths of women during or within a year of their pregnancy. The goal of the review process is to identify and implement recommendations to inform public health and clinical improvements to reduce maternal deaths and to improve wellness. MMRCs have shown that two out of every three pregnancy-related deaths are preventable.

American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations face a significant maternal mortality burden. Specifically, AI/AN women are two to three times more likely to die of pregnancy or birth complications than non-Hispanic white women. While these committees are extremely valuable, there are currently no Tribally-led MMRCs and very few state MMRCs have Tribal representation.

With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health NIHB is working to assist Tribes and Tribal organizations in exploring the possibilities of designing and implementing Tribally-led MMRCs.

Tribally-led Maternal Mortality Review Committees (fact sheet, pdf)

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Public Health Inquiries:

Tyler Dougherty, MPH
Director of Public Health Policy and Programs

National Indian Health Board
910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Phone: 202-922-0100
Washington, DC 20003
[email protected]