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Maternal Health Care: Real-World Tactics to Address Health Inequities

Premiere Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022

This activity offers CE credit for:

  1. Certified Case Managers (CCMC)
  2. ABIM (MOC)
  3. ABP (MOC)
  4. Medicine (accme)
  5. Nursing (ANCC)
  6. Pharmacy (acpe)
  7. PA (aapa)
  8. Other

All other clinicians will receive a Certificate of Attendance stating this activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Credit Expiration Date:
Monday, October 6, 2025


Monica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MScMonica E. Peek, MD, MPH, MSc (Moderator)
Ellen H. Block Professor of Health Justice in the Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research
Director of Research, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Heather Irobunda, MD, FACOGHeather Irobunda, MD, FACOG 
Attending Physician
NYC Health + Hospitals
New York, NY

Sierra McClain-Henry, HBCESierra McClain-Henry, HBCE 
Founder, Sankofa Mama Birth Services
Houston, TX

Statement of Need

Though awareness and recognition of disparities within maternal health have increased in recent years, persistent racial and ethnic disparities in both maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States remain. In fact, standardized maternal mortality reporting practices from 2018-2020 in the U.S. demonstrated that non-Hispanic Black birthing people die at a rate approximately 3x higher than that of their non-Hispanic White and Hispanic counterparts. It is imperative that clinicians recognize the root causes and the impacts of health inequities in pregnant and postpartum patients, and utilize this knowledge to create individualized, holistic treatment plans with the goal of improving outcomes in maternal care.

In this CME Outfitters BriefCase, we will follow Macy, a 30-year-old Black woman, through the highs and lows of her pregnancy and postpartum journey. Expert faculty will discuss the nuances of the case and will highlight best practices related to integrating assessments of social determinants of health and maternal mental health, as well as the importance of implementing a team-based care model into standard maternal care practices.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the impact of health inequities on pregnant and post-partum patients.
  • Individualize a holistic treatment plan for maternal care to improve patient and infant outcomes.

Financial Support

Supported by an educational grant from Johnson & Johnson.

Target Audience

Physicians, PAs, NPs, nurses, pharmacists, Doulas, lactation specialists, specializing in OB/GYN, primary care, anesthesiology, pediatrics, or neonatology.

Credit Information

CCMC Credit (Certified Case Managers):
This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to Certified Case Managers (CCMs).

ABIM MOC Credit:
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.5 medical knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Royal College MOC:
Through an agreement between the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, medical practitioners participating in the Royal College MOC Program may record completion of accredited activities registered under the ACCME’s “CME in Support of MOC” program in Section 3 of the Royal College’s MOC Program.

MIPS Improvement Activity:
This activity counts towards MIPS Improvement Activity requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Clinicians should submit their improvement activities by attestation via the CMS Quality Payment Program website.

ABPN Diplomates may select any CME activity relevant to their practice to count towards ABPN MOC requirements.

It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and mitigated any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer review process. The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

Dr. Peek reports the following financial relationships:

Consultant: Pfizer Inc.

Dr. Irobunda reports the following financial relationships:

Advisory Board: Moderna, Inc.

Consultant: Johnson & Johnson

Other Financial or Material Support: Bayer

Ms. McClain-Henry reports no financial relationships to disclose.

The following peer reviewer and CME Outfitters staff have no financial relationships:
  • Jeffrey Helfand, DO (peer reviewer)
  • Meghann Taft-Lockard (planning committee)
  • Morgan Stockberger, MD (planning committee)
  • Kellie Busby, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Sandra Caballero, PharmD (planning committee)
  • Susan H. Yarbrough, CHCP (planning committee)
  • Sharon Tordoff (planning committee)

  • Faculty of this CE activity may include discussions of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. The faculty have been informed of their responsibility to disclose to the audience if they will be discussing off-label or investigational uses (any uses not approved by the FDA) of products or devices.

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