Tennessee receives $5M to prevent maternal deaths

September 7, 2022 GMT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health says it has received a $5 million federal grant to help improve the state’s maternal health outcomes.

Commissioner Morgan McDonald said in a statement Tuesday that the majority of Tennessee’s maternal deaths are preventable.

“This grant award will make a significant impact in preventing deaths among women of childbearing age, and in eliminating disparities and inequities in maternal health care services, education, and training,” McDonald said.

According to the department, the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be used to create educational materials for patients, strengthen data collection and analysis, build a maternal health website and expand public outreach efforts.

From 2017 to 2020, the health agency found that almost nine in 10 pregnancy-related deaths were preventable, and 24% had a good chance of being prevented.