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HHS Initiative to Improve Maternal Health

The Department’s Action Plan lays out a vision for improving maternal health that applies a “life course” approach organized around four goals and it sets three ambitious targets to achieve this vision. Each of the four goals includes multiple objectives and action items to drive progress. The Action Plan also describes the current state of maternal health outcomes in the U.S., challenges in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity, recent efforts to improve maternal health within and beyond the federal government, and it discusses various forums in which HHS leadership sought input from key stakeholders.

The Action Plan is being released concurrently with the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve Maternal Health. While the Action Plan summarizes the Department’s work to ensure the U.S. is one of the safest countries in the world to give birth, the Surgeon General’s Call to Action outlines strategies and actions for a diverse set of external stakeholders to improve maternal health. These documents complement and reinforce each other, highlighting the important role all Americans can take to drive progress towards improving maternal health in the U.S.

Maternal Health Action Plan

As part of the Administration’s broader efforts to improve health in America, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing its vision for ensuring the U.S. is one of the safest countries in the world for women to give birth.

Documents include:

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Documents From Other Offices:

The links below provide information on other important actions being launched as part of the HHS Maternal Health Initiative.