Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been awarded a grant to improve the quality of maternal health care across Maryland. The five-year, $10.3 million award, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration, will fund the creation of the Maryland Maternal Health Innovation Program. Program director Dr. Andreea Creanga, an associate professor in the Bloomberg School’s department of international health, will lead a team from across Johns Hopkins University as well as the Maryland Department of Health, Maryland Patient Safety Center, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
To improve the quality of maternal health care, the program will work to strengthen hospital-based quality improvement efforts and train providers on early recognition of warning signs for severe complications and reduction of implicit bias. The project will also develop a perinatal telemedicine program to quickly connect experts in obstetric specialties with community and rural hospitals throughout the state. To address disparities in maternal health, the program will partner with home visiting programs across the state to increase women’s knowledge and access to care for maternal complications.
Dr. Creanga is the associate director of the International Center for Maternal and Newborn Health at the Bloomberg School and associate faculty at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on October 11