Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM EST
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Allen County Public Library Downtown 
900 Library Plaza
Meeting Rooms A & B
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

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Laura Dwire 
St. Joseph Community Health Foundation 

Prenatal and Infant Care Network Luncheon

Thursday, November 21, 2019

11:30AM-1:30PM – Lunch Provided

Allen County Public Library Downtown, Meeting Rooms A & B

900 Library Plaza

Pregnant Women are Dying at Unprecedented Rates.
Indiana women are especially at risk. What can we do about it?


The sobering statistics:

  • In the U.S., women are more likely to die due to pregnancy-related causes than women in other developed countries. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • The Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in Indiana is more than twice the U. S. rate, prompting the passage of IN Senate Bill 142 in 2018, that establishes a statewide maternal mortality review committee until 2023.
  • Approximately 700 women in the U.S. die due to pregnancy-related causes, 41 women are from Indiana.
  • Women of color are 3 to 4 times as likely to die from childbirth complications than white women, and of these deaths, 60% are preventable per data research.

What should be done to reverse these trends?

Dr. Lora Overton, OBGYN, will share statistics and articles on the severity of the problem in the United States and in Indiana. She will also report on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists research revealing biases within the health care system that is contributing to the disproportionate number of pregnancy-related deaths among Indiana women.

Jeena Siela, Director, Maternal-Child Health and Government Affairs, March of Dimes, will talk about the March of Dimes collaboration with Quality Interaction to create a new, compelling implicit bias training for maternal care providers and health systems. It helps providers determine the degree of change that can be adopted to improve the health of moms.

Amanda Chappell. CKF Program Manager, Brightpoint, will discuss the newly created “Government Health Insurance Guide for Professionals Working with Hoosier Women” handout. The guide layouts what services are covered by Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), Hoosier Healthwise, and Family Planning insurance plans. Amanda will also discuss coverage options for the 4th trimester and up to one year after birth.

All distinguished speakers will discuss service options and solutions, and what needs to happen in our communities and healthcare systems to improve our Moms health.

For More information about the Prenatal and Infant Care Network and to access materials from previous luncheons CLICK HERE.