Working Together to Reduce Maternal Health Disparities

Despite the goal of ending preventable maternal deaths by 2030, the world will fall short of this target by more than 1 million lives with the current pace of progress. According to the World Health Organization, almost all global maternal deaths can be prevented by ensuring that women have access to quality, respectful and equitable maternity care. 

The panel discussion will address how to improve patient-centered, culturally responsive care of birthing patients who are at higher risk for poor outcomes and death due to various factors, including the impact of implicit bias.

Target Audience

Obstetricians/Gynecologists, Cardiologists, Interventional Cardiologists, Emergency Department Physicians, Hospitalists, Intensivists, Anesthesiologists, General Surgeons, Physician Assistants/Physician Associates, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Nurse Midwives and other interested healthcare professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize critical disparities in maternal mortality, including the differential mortality rates at the national, state, and local level for patients by race/ethnicity and the factors underlying the disparities.
  • Explain the role of implicit bias in healthcare disparities.
  • Implement evidence-based recommendations to reduce maternal healthcare disparities. 
Additional information
  • What is Health Equity?
  • Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System. 
Course Summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.75 Nurse Practitioners
  • 0.75 Florida Board of Pharmacy
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Course expires: 

Theresa Ann Buckson, M.D.
Ob/Gyn Hospitalist
South Miami Hospital

Sabriya Badiya Ishoof, M.D.
Ob/Gyn Hospitalist
Baptist and South Miami Hospitals 

Colleen Rodriguez, RNC-NIC, BSN, MHSA, NEA-BC
Assistant Vice President, Nursing
South Miami Hospital

Agueda Hernandez, M.D., FAAFP
Vice President of Medical Education & Chief Health Equity Officer
Baptist Health Academics
Baptist Health South Florida

Theresa Ann Buckson, M.D., Sabriya Badiya Ishoof, M.D., and Colleen Rodriguez, RNC-NIC, faculty for this educational activity, have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose, and have indicated that their presentations or discussions will not include off-label or unapproved product usage.

Tamu Fourie, J.D., and Agueda Hernandez, M.D., conference directors for this educational activity, have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*.

*Ineligible companies – Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.
Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.75 Nurse Practitioners
  • 0.75 Florida Board of Pharmacy
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