Community of Practice
The Safer Childbirth Cities Community of Practice, led by the Association for Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), aims to support grantees individually and collectively by providing a forum for grantees to learn from each other and strengthen their capacity to undertake activities such as coalition building, stakeholder engagement, evaluation and sustainability. In forming the Community of Practice, AMCHP has partnered with the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA), the membership organization for over 100 federally funded Healthy Start programs situated in the neighborhoods of our nation’s poorest cities and the only decades-old membership organization uniting community-driven programs aimed at improving infant and maternal health in communities of color.
Together, AMCHP and NHSA are supporting capacity-building across grantees and with their permission and trust and celebrating learnings and innovations as grantees build safer and more equitable communities to give birth. Through the community of practice, the National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) is supporting efforts to better understand how grantees measure success, evaluate programs and report impact to ensure consistency and ability to compare and synthesize data across cities.
AMCHP is the national membership association of state maternal and child health leaders. As an advocate, resource and partner, AMCHP’s mission is to protect and promote the optimal health of women, children, and families. AMCHP envisions a nation that values and invests in the health and well-being of all women, children, families, and communities. AMCHP’s strategic area of Chasing Zero Maternal and Infant Deaths focuses on four pillars: Support maternal mortality reviews and fetal and infant mortality reviews and equip members to act; Identify what’s working in women’s and infant health and scale up effective practices; Promote woman-centered, community-driven, respectful, and equitable care; and Support and defend programs and policies that reinforce the mother-baby dyad and empower families and communities to thrive. For more information, visit www.amchp.org.
About National Healthy Start Association
The National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) is committed to improving birth outcomes and health disparities that exist within communities of color throughout the United States. As the membership association for the federal Healthy Start programs, NHSA promotes the development of community-based maternal and child health programs, particularly those addressing the issues of maternal and infant mortality, low birth weight and racial disparities in perinatal outcomes. For more information, visit www.nationalhealthystart.org.
About National Birth Equity Collaborative
The National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC) creates solutions that optimize Black maternal and infant health through training, policy advocacy, research and community-centered collaboration. NBEC activates community power and equips health providers with tools that will catalyze action to change outcomes where there are racial and reproductive justice needs. For more information, visit www.birthequity.org.
Maternal Wellbeing Index
For the Safer Childbirth Cities initiative, Ariadne Labs is designing, developing and testing a tool, the Maternal Wellbeing Index, that local governments and community partners can use to measure and improve maternal health using the best available data.
The envisioned tool will point to evidence-based investments that reduce inequities in pregnancy and childbirth, expand on traditional public health interventions, align with national and state action to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, and promote dignity for new parents and their families.
About Ariadne Labs
Ariadne Labs is a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Ariadne Labs develops simple, scalable solutions that dramatically improve the delivery of health care at critical moments to save lives and reduce suffering. Ariadne Labs’ vision is for health systems to deliver the best possible care for every patient, everywhere, every time. Within Ariadne Labs, the Delivery Decisions Initiative (DDI) works to transform childbirth in the U.S. in partnership with diverse stakeholders by developing data-driven solutions that empower birthing people and redefine standards of care. DDI centers pregnant and birthing people in their innovation efforts, prioritizing dignity, safety and equity for new and growing families. For more information, visit www.ariadnelabs.org.