April 7, 2023

Innovative Approaches to Improve Maternal Health Hybrid Workshop

In the United States, pregnancy-related deaths and complications, or maternal mortality and morbidity (MMM) rates, are among the highest in the developed world. For Black women and American Indian/Alaska Native women, they are especially high, regardless of their income or education levels. Collaboration among researchers, small businesses, and the community could lead to new ways to improve maternal health and reduce U.S. MMM rates.

Hosted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this event brings together those groups to address health disparities.

Session Details

Date & Time:

Monday, May 8 – Tuesday, May 9 | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Participants have the option to attend virtually in in-person.

Watch the event live via NIH videocast:

May 8:
May 9:

Attend the in-person event at:

Natcher Conference Center, NIH Campus
Bethesda, MD 20894




Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. In person space is limited, so be sure to register early.

To register, complete the online registration form.

Learn More

During the workshop, participants will:

  • explore key scientific discoveries in diagnosis and treatment of pregnancy-associated conditions and the areas ready for translation
  • participate in how-to training sessions focused on best-practices in translation, education, funding, technology development, and dissemination
  • review implementation science and community-engaged methods to ensure maternal health technologies reach those most affected and address health equity

This workshop is sponsored by:

  • NIH IMPROVE Initiative
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
  • Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)

To learn more, visit the National Institutes of Health website.


February 21, 2023

Critical Building Blocks for a Healthy Start: Championing Equitable Maternal Health

Data show that maternal mortality rates are higher among Black and Native American women, regardless of income and educational levels. Additionally, Black women are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy complications than non-Hispanic White women, even though three out of five pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. Although these glaring racial disparities have reached a crisis level, there are opportunities to make policy changes to better support the health of all babies and birthing parents.

Join the Alliance for Early Success for this webinar, featuring speakers from the National Birth Equity Collaborative and state advocates from Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia to discuss the drivers for these alarming disparities and what we can do to improve maternal health for everyone.

Session Details

Tuesday, February 28 | 3 – 4 p.m.

Learn More

Webinar speakers include:

  • Megan Simmons, Policy Director, National Birth Equity Collaborative
  • Ky Lindberg, Chief Executive Officer, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia
  • Sakesa Berry, Founder & Executive Director, Atlanta Doula Collective

To learn more, visit the Alliance for Early Success website.