Recommendation Tools to Align Fatality Review Programs to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes


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Recommendation Tools to Align Fatality Review Programs to Improve Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes

State/TerritorySettingPopulationTopic AreaNPMs
MichiganCommunityPerinatal/Infant HealthReproductive Health3

Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) is an evidence-based process that identifies and analyzes factors contributing to fetal and infant deaths. In Michigan, 13 local teams make up the Michigan FIMR Network. The information obtained from the local case reviews as well as the recommendations developed by the Michigan FIMR Network are essential for identifying areas for system change to improve health and available resources for infants, women, and families. In June 2019, the Michigan FIMR Network went through four Lean Process Improvement workshops to improve the method of how recommendations were written and then elevated to the State for analysis. After the workshops, a FIMR recommendation form and log were developed by the FIMR Network to assist in writing actionable, specific recommendations during the case reviews along with tracking recommendation implementation which align with the Michigan Maternal Mortality Surveillance recommendation tools. Additionally, through the workshops a maternal/family interview guide, health equity toolkit, Community Action Team roles & responsibilities document, and data sources reference document for case abstraction were developed to support the recommendation process.


practice contact information

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Audra Brummel
brummela@michigan.gov
517-335-9017

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