Ohio Department of Health
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has been awarded $12 million in federal funding to address maternal mortality across the state. The grants coincide with ODH’s release of Ohio’s first comprehensive report on pregnancy-associated maternal deaths. The report identifies statewide trends in pregnancy-associated and pregnancy-related maternal deaths from 2008-2016 and provides recommendations to prevent maternal mortality.
A pregnancy-“associated” death is defined as the death of a woman while pregnant or anytime within one year of pregnancy regardless of cause. A pregnancy-“related” death is defined as the death of a woman while pregnant or within one year of pregnancy from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or management, excluding accidental or incidental causes. According to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the rate of pregnancy-related maternal deaths in the U.S. has more than doubled since 1987, and the agency is funding state efforts across the U.S. to address this issue.
HRSA recently announced that ODH will receive approximately $10 million over the next five years to support maternal mortality prevention efforts. The funding will be used to establish a maternal health task force and create and implement a plan to prevent and reduce preventable maternal deaths. It will also fund efforts to support translating findings from maternal mortality review to action by implementing data-driven strategies. In addition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded ODH a $2.2 million grant over five years to continue the work of the agency’s Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (PAMR) program.