Maternal Mortality Review Committee

Maternal Mortality Review Committee

About the Committee

The Minnesota Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC) reviews all pregnancy-associated deaths occurring in Minnesota residents and is authorized in Minnesota Statutes 145.901. The MMRC is charged with:

  • Serve as a representative for your service specialty, organization that interacts with or provides services to birthing people, or families in your community on a multidisciplinary review committee tasked to review all maternal deaths to Minnesota residents.
  • Reviews centered around equity and to gain a holistic understanding of causes and contributing factors to maternal deaths to birthing persons.
  • Make recommendations for improvements to care at the individual, provider, system, and community levels with potential for reducing or preventing future sentinel events.   
  • Prioritize findings and recommendations to guide the development of effective preventive measures and recommend actionable strategies for providers, systems, and communities to mitigate maternal morbidity and mortality.
  • Disseminate the findings and recommendations to a broad array of individuals and organizations and promote the translation of findings and recommendations into quality improvement actions at all levels.

Additional information on membership tentative requirements and rules can be found in the Maternal Mortality Review Committee Draft Charter (PDF).

Membership

As outlined in Minnesota statute, the MMRC is a 25-member committee. The purpose of the committee is to conduct maternal death study reviews, identify contributing factors to death, and develop recommendations to be shared amongst partners in maternal health. The commissioner shall appoint members to the review committee. Membership specialties include but are not limited to; medical examiners or coroners, representatives of health care institutions that provide care to pregnant women, obstetric and midwifery practitioners, Medicaid representatives, representatives of state agencies, individuals from communities with disparate rates of maternal mortality, and other subject matter experts as appropriate.

We strongly encourage non-medical personnel as well as persons who represent organizations or programs or are professionally affiliated with work that serves birthing persons to identify such affiliation or plans for representation of the organization in the application. This includes but is not limited to; community-based programs, persons with lived experience of maternal morbidity, doulas, nurses, maternal health practitioners, obstetricians, perinatology, midwives, nurse practitioners, social work, family practice medicine, emergency medicine, critical care, cardiology, infectious disease, psychiatry, mental health services, family home visiting, public health, Tribal health, federally qualified health care centers, care coordinator, health leadership, reproductive justice, insurance payor, substance use treatment professionals, domestic violence, law enforcement, community health workers, and individuals serving birthing persons in all regions of Minnesota in a traditional and non-traditional manner.

Appointees will serve in up to a 3-year term, determined by the appointing body.

The Maternal Mortality Review Committee FAQ (PDF) has been developed and will be updated reflecting questions posed to MDH.

For additional questions on this process please contact the MDH Women’s Health Consultant at Health.women-health@state.mn.us.

How to Apply

Follow the instructions: How to Apply for a Board, Commission or Task Force Position on the Minnesota Secretary of State website (PDF)

  1. Part 1: Interested applicants must submit an electronic application through the Minnesota Secretary of State’s (MNSOS) Boards and Commissions Open Positions portal. MNSOS applications are available now and will remain open until all seats are filled. First review of applicants will occur during close of business Friday, September 24, 2021.
  2. While completing the appointment process, applicants can submit cover letters, resumes, references, and bodies of work for consideration.

Meetings

For the Spring of 2022, meetings will be held on Thursdays from 12:00 - 5:00 pm and Fridays 7:00 am - 12:00 pm. After the Spring of 2022, meetings will be held every other month, virtually. Meeting frequency can be increased by discretion of co-chairs.

November/December 2021 Orientation meeting
January 13, 2022 12:00 - 5:00 pm
January 14, 2022 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
February 10, 2022 12:00 - 5:00 pm
February 11, 2022 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
March 10, 2022 12:00 - 5:00 pm
March 11, 2022 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 12, 2022 12:00 - 5:00 pm
May 13, 2022 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
September 9, 2022 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
November 11, 2022 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
January 13, 2023 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
March 10, 2023 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 12, 2023 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Other meetings to be determined.

For more information about the MMRC, please contact Women’s Health Consultant at Health.women-health@state.mn.us or 651-201-3650.

Updated Thursday, 09-Sep-2021 08:04:46 CDT