August 3, 2023
A pregnant woman and a child make a heart shape with their hands over her abdomen

After its establishment by the State Legislature in 2016, the Maternal Mortality Review Panel, composed of over 70 perinatal health and service professionals, was tasked with reviewing maternal deaths across Washington state. This month’s Hot Topics in Practice will provide an overview of the Panel’s findings, and how they can help inform actions aimed at reducing and preventing maternal mortality.

The August session of Hot Topics in Practice takes a closer look at the data collected from the Washington State Maternal Mortality Review Panel’s most recent report. In this session, Katie Eilers will summarize the Panel’s findings, exploring disparities in maternal mortality that exist among sub-populations, as well as the leading factors that contribute to pregnancy-related deaths. During this hour-long webinar, she will both offer insight into the causes of maternal mortality and encourage you to explore how you can support the wellness and safety of mothers and families within your own sphere of influence.

In this presentation, Katie will focus on the Panel’s recommendations — both clinical and non-clinical — to support the wellbeing of parenting people. With a focus on key audiences and specific action items that address the systemic factors that influence the health of pregnant and parenting people, you will be asked to consider what targeted steps the public health workforce and its partners can take to improve health outcomes for mothers and their families.

Register today to learn about the factors that contribute to pregnancy-related deaths, as well as actionable strategies that can be employed to strengthen support systems for maternal health.

Strengthening Supports for Maternal Health

Date: August 29, 2023, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific)

Intended Audiences

Local, state, and tribal public health practitioners


Katie Eilers, MPH, MSN, RN
Director, Office of Family and Community Health Improvement, Washington State Department of Health

About Hot Topics in Practice

Hot Topics in Practice is a monthly webinar forum to discuss issues affecting public health practice.

Up to 1 CPH recertification credit may be earned by viewing this webinar. Visit the National Board of Public Health Examiners to learn more.