NIH Maternal Morbidity and Mortality (MMM) Activities and Funding Opportunities

March 22, 2021 2:50 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

U.S. birthing persons are more likely to die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth than in our peer nations, and many health inequities are present among those who are dying. ORWH recently led the development of a special issue of the Journal of Women’s Health , bringing MMM to the forefront. The special issue offers a research road map to help end this public health crisis. It showcases the work of NIH, other Federal agencies, and the scientific community to understand contributing factors, improve care, and prevent these devastating losses. We encourage you to review the special issue’s open-access articles to learn more.

In response to rising U.S. rates of MMM, NIH is supporting efforts to address this public health crisis in a number of ways:

  • To further encourage people to stay engaged and informed around MMM, ORWH hosted a Twitter chat on February 24. Thank you if you were able to participate! In addition, ORWH’s “Maternal Health Mondays” on Twitter and Facebook will bring attention to MMM by highlighting one of the 21 articles in the Journal of Women’s Health’s special issue articles over the next several months.
  • To rapidly award and fund regional coalitions testing evidence-based interventions to improve heart, lung, and sleep health outcomes before and during pregnancy among disproportionately affected populations, NIH issued the Maternal Health Community Implementation Project. Applications are due March 29, 2021.

For more NIH resources on maternal health and MMM, feel free to visit the following:

For more on other U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) resources relevant to maternal health and MMM, please visit the following:

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