Improving Maternal and Newborn Care Focus of Dec. 13 Events

Is improving the quality of care for mothers and newborns around the world really so difficult?

Despite recent successes in declining maternal and neonatal mortality rates around the globe, deaths occurring around the time of birth continue to contribute disproportionately to both maternal and neonatal mortality.

With the recent publication of Every Newborn Action Planand the release of the Lancet Maternal Health series, the time is now to refocus on strategies to improve outcomes during pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal and newborn health experts will explore challenges in implementing quality improvement globally and hear from leading UCSF researchers at the forefront of global maternal health at back-to-back events on December 13 at Byers Auditorium on the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

The symposium, “Why Is Quality Improvement So Difficult?” will consider implementation challenges and emerging issues in quality of care in low and middle-income countries. The session will include a “shark-tank” style competition open to students, staff, and faculty featuring innovative ideas in quality improvement. It will be followed by a satellite launch event for the new Lancet Maternal Health series.

Both events are presented by the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Research Cooperative, a new unit in UCSF Global Health Sciences, to mark the Cooperative’s launch.

The symposium will feature Pierre Barker, MD, MBChB, chief global partnerships and programs officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Jerker Liljestrand, MD, PhD, and Janna Patterson, MD, MPH, senior program officers, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jaime Sepulveda, MD, MPH, MSc, DrSC, executive director, Global Health Sciences, UCSF; Ndola Prata, MD, MSc, director of the Bixby Center for Population Health & Sustainability at UC Berkeley; and Katherine Semrau, PhD, MPH, director of the BetterBirth Program at Ariadne Labs.

Suellen Miller, PhD, CNM, MHA, UCSF professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive health and a lead author for the Lancet series will be joined by Katie Millar, a student in the Masters Entry Program at UCSF’s School of Nursing, to present the series. Following the presentations, several leading UCSF researchers will present their work in emerging issues in maternal health.

To attend, please RSVP.

About the Global Maternal and Newborn Health Research Cooperative: The Cooperative brings together researchers and clinicians passionate about global maternal and newborn health from departments across UCSF. The Cooperative aims to build a collaborative team to better leverage, encourage and support UCSF researchers and clinicians interested in global health work.

Quality of Care
for Mothers and Newborns

December 13

Why Is Quality Improvement so Difficult?
noon to 3:30 pm
Lancet Maternal Health Series Launch 
4 to 5:45 pm
5:45 to 7:00 pm

Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall
UCSF Mission Bay
600 16th Street, San Francisco