Webinar: Maternal Health Hub: Reflecting on the Past Year, and Looking Ahead

The Health Care Transformation Task Force (HCTTF or Task Force) and the Maternal Health Hub (MHH or Hub) hosted a webinar on July 19th from 1-2:30pm highlighting ways the maternal health care community is innovating to transform care delivery to address significant disparities in outcomes between White and BIPOC birthing people.

The webinar’s objectives included:

  • Providing an overview of the history of the Maternal Health Hub, including the Hub’s Maternity Care Theory of Change, which was developed by a panel of maternal health care stakeholders, that guided the learning community agendas and Hub resources.
  • Sharing background on the current state of maternity care and outcomes, and disparities highlighted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Sharing examples – and lessons learned — from models, organizations, tools, and practices that are working every day to transform maternity care.
  • Providing a forum for maternity care stakeholders to discuss what comes next: short- and long-term actions to continue the push for transformation.

The Task Force shared a synthesis of the learnings and promising practices gleaned from the Hub Learning Community, and heard from the featured speakers.

Featured Speakers:

  • Carmen Green, MPH – National Vice President of Research and Strategy, National Birth Equity Collaborative
  • Carol Sakala, PhD – Director for Maternal Health, National Partnership for Women & Families
  • Laurie Zephyrin, MD, MPH, MBA – Vice President, Health System Equity, The Commonwealth Fund


  • Tanya Alteras, MPP – Senior Director, HCTTF
  • Josh Traylor, MPH – Director, HCTTF

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Originally Broadcast July 19th, 2021

Review all the Hub resources here on the Task Force website!

Supported by The Commonwealth Fund, a national, private foundation based in New York City that supports independent research on health care issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy. The views presented here are those of the speakers and not necessarily those of The Commonwealth Fund, its directors, officers, or staff.