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 Special Training on the CDC Maternal Mortality Review Data System at AMCHP Annual Conference

Though maternal death reviews have been in place for over a century, and almost half the states in the U.S. have a maternal mortality review process, there has never been a standardized data system available to support essential review functions. Join AMCHP and CDC on Friday, January 23, 2015 for a two-part training on a new data system developed by CDC personnel that supports centralized analysis and leverages standard data sources for maternal death reviews.

Content of the Maternal Mortality Review Data System (MMRDS) was originally developed based on decades of work by the CDC Division of Reproductive Health.  The MMRDS standardizes information collected by maternal death reviews and defines a core set of information that all users collect; all in a free software package (Epi Info 7) with strong user support and which is easily adapted by reviews. The MMRDS has four primary purposes:

  • Serve as a data abstraction tool
  • Support case summary development
  • Document committee findings and recommendations
  • Support analysis (internal to Epi Info and through exported data)  

In addition to supporting individual reviews, the MMRDS can also bring together data at the regional and national level; supporting the development of summaries across geographic boundaries, identification and analysis of rare and emerging causes of death, and common recommendations for action. During this two-part daylong training, CDC personnel will provide an introduction to the data system and the Epi Info 7 platform, provide a tour of the forms corresponding to review data sources and introduce the relational database structure, and present basic and advanced analysis supported by Epi Info 7.

Agenda (more details will be available to registrants in December). Please note that participants that register for the training are expected to participate in the full day.

  • 8:30 am – 12:00 pm: The Epi Info Development Team will present the history of Epi Info and work hands-on with participants through a series of modules in the platform, including Form Designer, Check Code, the Enter Program, and the Visual Dashboard. The morning session will end with an overview of data analysis using classic analysis and the Epi Info 7 relational files.
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch, provided by AMCHP
  • 1:00 – 5:00 pm: MCH Epidemiology Program staff will then provide a background presentation and demo of the MMRDS, and provide assistance to participants as they complete a series of exercises pertaining to case data entry and data analysis within a form and within a relation.

Who should participate in this training? Maternal death case abstractors, epidemiologists, and other staff serving maternal mortality surveillance.

What funding support is available? AMCHP has a limited amount of scholarship funds available to support travel and accommodations for case abstractors and epidemiologists. Individuals can request funding support during the registration process, and they will be honored on a first come, first serve basis. There is no registration fee to participate in the training. Individuals wishing to apply for funding support should register by December 19, 2014.

What do I need to bring? Prior to the training, CDC personnel will email all participants instructions for downloading the latest version of Epi Info and the MMRDS project file on their laptops. It is expected that all participants bring their own laptop and will arrive at the training with Epi Info installed. 'Dummy cases' will be available for use by participants during the training.

How do I register? Please register by Friday, January 9, 2015 using the below link. Please note that space is limited.