Maternal Health Community Implementation Program

The Maternal Health Community Implementation Program (MH-CIP) aims to reduce maternal deaths and improve health outcomes for pregnant people, especially in populations disproportionately affected by high rates of pregnancy-related complications and deaths.

The program addresses contributing factors by promoting heart, lung, blood, and sleep health. MH-CIP develops and tests community-based startup strategies to increase the adoption, uptake, scale-up, and scale-out of evidence-based interventions to improve health before, during, and after pregnancy. The program emphasizes community-engaged implementation research firmly connected to and embedded in affected communities. MH-CIP is supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Office of Research on Women’s Health.

MH-CIP Goals:

  • Use implementation science to bring effective maternal health interventions to communities severely impacted by maternal health disparities.
  • Empower the hardest-hit communities across the U.S. to be full partners in community-engaged implementation research to reduce disparities in maternal death and severe maternal illness.
  • Identify and distribute effective application strategies that connect community strengths and knowledge to address facilitators or barriers affecting the adoption of evidence-based practices or interventions to improve maternal health.
  • Strengthen partnerships between researchers and community-based organizations to support translating research into usable tools and knowledge.