THE CONSORTIUM’S MEMBERSHIP IS MADE UP OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Two representatives of the Delaware House of Representatives and two representatives of the Delaware State Senate (one selected by each caucus)
  • One representative of the Governor’s office
  • The Secretary of the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families, or the Secretary’s designee
  • The Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services or the Secretary’s designee
  • Fifteen additional members approved by the Governor who shall represent the medical, social service and professional communities as well as the general public

Become a member of the Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium:

Download Membership Application (DOC)
All completed applications should be sent to dhmicapplication@dethrives.com.

The Consortium’s permanent members may enact procedures to appoint additional persons to the Consortium.

The DHMIC appointed five subcommittees to monitor implementation of the Infant Mortality Task Force recommendations for the following critical areas: data and science, education and prevention, health disparities, standards of care, and systems of care.

Members of each subcommittee are listed in the following rosters.

  • APPOINTED DHMIC BOARD MEMBERS & EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

    Paul, David MD (Chair)
    Noyes, Susan RN MSN (Co-Chair)

  • PERINATAL QUALITY COLLABORATIVE
  • WELL WOMEN COMMITTEE

    Susan Noyes, RN, MSN (Co-Chair)

    Tiffany Chalk (Co-Chair)

     

    Focus is on a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to reproductive health and the health of women before, during, and after pregnancy — one that is woman-centered and clinician-engaged. The group functions to meet the diverse and often complex needs of reproductive-age women, particularly from more vulnerable populations, and works to foster leadership and information sharing, solicit voices of the consumer, encourage innovation, build awareness, promote reproductive life planning, and build workforce capacity.

  • BLACK MATERNAL HEALTH WORKGROUP

    Tiffany Chalk (Chair)

    This workgroup reports up to the Well Woman Committee.

     

    In the U.S. Black women are disproportionately impacted dying at four times the rate of white women during pregnancy and childbirth. Black women are also twice as likely to suffer from life-threatening pregnancy related complications. Trends are similar for Delaware. Maternal mortality rates are on the rise as are risk factors for pregnancy-related complications such as obesity, pre-eclampsia, and high blood pressure. Their infant’s fair no better, dying at more than twice the rate of white infants.

     

    Disparity gaps remain stubbornly persistent despite efforts to improve. A growing body of literature indicates structural racism is a major contributing factor to these disparities which until recently have been largely unexplored or even mentioned. There is a growing recognition more must be done if Delaware is to close its disparity gap.

     

    The Black Maternal Health Workgroup is striving to bring increased awareness of the disparity gap for African American women and their infants by developing community-informed solution for closing the disparity gap and to understand the impact of structural racism of maternal and infant health disparities.

  • SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH COMMITTEE

    Dr. Rita Landgraf (Co-Chair)

    Rep. Melissa Minor Brown (Co-Chair)

    Facilitated by Health Management Associates

     

    Focus is to support innovation and to spread evidence-based programs and place-based strategies to improve the social determinants of health and equity in maternal and infant health outcomes. This group works to collaborate with the community, offer space for shared learning with providers, review policies and programs to identify opportunities for change, evaluate best practices, identify health needs, and engage the faith-based community.

  • MATERNAL AND INFANT MORBIDITY/MORTALITY COMMITTEE

    Dr. David Paul (Chair)

     

    Focus is to examine the data and evidence of the health status of women in Delaware, particularly those in the 14- to 44-year-old age range and those with poor birth outcomes (e.g., premature birth, low birth weight). This group works to foster leadership, identify gaps in data, cultivate relationships, enhance provider knowledge, review findings, reframe postpartum/interconception care, enhance capacity for statewide quality improvement, and explore best practices to address risks.

  • DOULA ADHOC COMMITTEE

    Rep. Melissa Minor Brown (Chair)

     

    Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium (DHMIC) Doula Work Group pursues the health of women, infants, and families through a lifecourse approach. Lifecourse is a way of thinking and doing. DHMIC’s approach includes planning WITH community as well as thinking holistically about women’s health and addressing intergenerational health. We support a continuum of services promoting optimal health from birth throughout the lifespan, from one generation to the next.

  • HOUSING AND UBI IMPLEMENTATION WORKGROUP

    Dr. Rita Landgraf (Co-Chair)

    Rep. Melissa Minor Brown (Co-Chair)

     

    A sub-group of the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Committee, this workgroup seeks to obtain permanent housing for homeless pregnant women in Delaware, for The Workgroup is in the Demonstration phase of creating the process and coordination among multiple partners to ensure housing and financial security for Delaware’s vulnerable women. The group will prioritize 15-30 pregnant and homeless women and work with HWHB 2.0 providers to identify these women. Women will then be referred to the Housing Authority to obtain housing and will also receive a Universal Benefit Income. The group is facilitated by Health Management Associates.