The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is announcing Iowa’s enrollment in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Program.
AIM is a multidisciplinary collaborative with national leadership who support local implementation of best practices for maternity care. The goal of the AIM program is to reduce maternal deaths and severe morbidity by supporting data-driven, evidence-based care practices. Currently, IDPH is partnering with the University of Iowa Health Care on this effort as part of the state’s Maternal Health Innovation Grant.
“More than half of Iowa’s maternal deaths are preventable, and we believe that we can save lives here in Iowa with the AIM program,” said Dr. Nalo Johnson, director of IDPH’s Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention.
AIM works through state teams and health systems to align national, state, and hospital level quality improvement efforts. Any Iowa hospital in a participating AIM state or hospital system can join the AIM community of healthcare providers, public health professionals and stakeholders who are committed to improving maternal outcomes.
“We hope every Iowa hospital with a maternity service will partner with IDPH and UIHC in the statewide maternal quality care workgroup called the Iowa Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (IMQCC) that will be leading the AIM initiatives in Iowa,” said Stephanie Trusty, a nurse clinician with IDPH’s Bureau of Family Health.
Iowa’s first statewide quality improvement initiative identified by the IMQCC will be “Safe Reduction of Primary Cesarean Birth.” Cesarean deliveries have greater risks for current and future pregnancies than vaginal birth and should be avoided without medical indication. The most recent Maternal Mortality Review found that one of the leading causes of pregnancy related maternal deaths in Iowa directly were from hemorrhage.
The IMQCC will be contacting hospitals with maternity services to invite participation in the quality collaborative and the AIM program. Hospital leadership can also contact the IMQCC leadership team to express interest in participating.