March 09 Mar 09
Thursday Thu

California is Leading the Way on Cross-Collaborative Initiatives to Improve Maternal Morbidity & Mortality

Despite being a highly-developed nation, the U.S. has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Since 2006, California’s maternal mortality rate has declined by 65 percent while the national maternal mortality rate has continued to rise. Despite this reduction, Black and Indigenous women experience 3-to-6 times the rates of maternal mortality. This session will highlight public-private partnerships working to improve maternal morbidity and mortality in California that can serve as examples to the rest of the United States and beyond.


  • Review disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality.
  • Discuss California's public-private partnerships working to mitigate maternal morbidity and mortality.
  • Review early interventions that can decrease rates of maternal morbidity and mortality.

This workshop will take place in Clark S360 in-person.


Dr. Diana E. Ramos

Dr. Diana E. Ramos is a well-recognized public health leader dedicated to improving health care quality and equity. She serves on many national and international women’s health improvement and equity committees. Her areas of expertise include health disparities, social determinants of health, preconception/interconception health, preterm birth, contraception and quality improvement in health. As California’s Surgeon General, she is lifting up the Governor’s efforts to safeguard reproductive health care access in California, promote mental health and well-being strategies and supports for all Californians and continue to educate on the health impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress.