2021 PCORI Virtual Annual Meeting Breakout Session

The United States ranks lowest among high-income countries in parameters for maternal health. The disproportionate rates of maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States for Blacks, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and rural populations have been of particular concern. With a new research priority area focused on maternal morbidity and mortality, PCORI engages stakeholders to help identify priority evidence gaps, improve maternal health outcomes, and address disparities in those outcomes. This session promises a candid conversation about the barriers stakeholders face in addressing maternal morbidity and how PCORI and others can meaningfully support research on improved maternal health outcomes.

Participants (Moderators and Discussants)

Joia Crear-Perry
Founder and President
National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC)

Elisabeth Houtsmuller
Associate Director, Science, Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research (HDDR)
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

NeKeshia Jones
Project Lead, National Maternal Health Research Network, Health Resources in Action
Senior Grant Officer, Health Resources in Action

Karie E. Stewart
Director of Midwifery Services, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Chicago
Founder, Melanated Midwives, NFP

Karen Tabb Dina
Associate Prof., School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Founder, Perinatal Connect

Alicia Thomas
Associate Director, Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards Program
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

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