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Using Data to Improve Maternity Care in California - June 19-20, 2014

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Thursday, June 19, 2014, 1:00-6:30 pm 3 Registrations Free  
Friday, June 20, 2014, 8:30 am-3:30 pm 2 Registrations Free  

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 Using Data to Improve Maternity Care in California


Sponsored by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), UC Davis Health System's Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI), and California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF)

June 19-20, 2014



Rates of maternal morbidity and mortality continue to rise across California. Cesarean deliveries account for one-third of the state’s more than 500,000 births each year. With Medi-Cal paying for nearly half of all births, improving maternity care is essential to improving the health of Californians, enhancing patients’ experiences, and putting Medi-Cal on sound financial footing.

Leading researchers and practitioners in maternity health care will meet in Sacramento for the state’s first symposium on research pathways to improve outcomes for mothers and babies enrolled in Medi-Cal. The purpose of the meeting is to examine public and private research priorities and to explore ways Medi-Cal data can be leveraged to develop opportunities to improve maternal health care.

Confirmed speakers and topics include:

  • Paula Braveman, MD, MPH, Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director, Center on Social Disparities in Health, University of California-San Francisco, on an annual state survey of maternal and fetal health
  • Maureen Corry, MPH, Senior Advisor, Childbirth Connection Programs, National Partnership for Women & Families, on a national vision for delivery system transformation 
  • Laurie Gregg, MD, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, on current issues facing physicians
  • Sylvia Guendelman, PhD, MSW, Professor of Community Health and Human Development, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, on birth outcomes for Latina women in the U.S.
  • Neal Kohatsu, MD, MPH, Medical Director, DHCS, on potential near-term research using state data
  • Leslie Kowaleski, Associate State Director, March of Dimes, on the consumer perspective
  • Elizabeth Lawton, MHS, Epidemiologist, California Department of Public Health, Center for Family Health, on the future research agenda involving CDPH data 
  • Julia Logan, MD, MPH, Quality Officer, DHCS, on Medicaid quality research in postpartum care
  • Elliott Main, MD, Medical Director, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, on the California Maternal Data Center 
  • Anne McLeod, Vice President of Health Policy, California Hospital Association, on new policy issues for hospitals
  • Robert Moore, MD, Medical Director, Partnership Health Plan, on future research directions from the perspective of a Medi-Cal managed care plan
  • Brian Paciotti, PhD, Quality Scientist, Institute for Population Health Improvement, UC Davis Health System, on a user's perspective in working with DHCS data
  • Richard Pan, MD, MPH, Chair, California Assembly Committee on Health, on state policy issues and opportunities
  • Patricia Powers, MPA, Innovation Director, California State Innovation Model (CalSIM), on new state payment reform models
  • Linette Scott, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Information Officer, DHCS, on the process of requesting data from DHCS 


Thursday, June 19

1-1:30 pm      

1:30-1:45 pm  
Welcome and symposium overview

1:45-2:45 pm  
Panel discussion: Key state and federal policy issues related to improving maternity care

2:45-3:05 pm  
Overview of data sources for measuring maternity care outcomes

3:05-3:20 pm  

3:20-4:50 pm  
Data, measures, and methods: Research efforts underway to identify changes in maternity care that lead to improved patient experiences of care and outcomes

4:50-5:00 pm
Closing comments 

5:00-6:30 pm  


Friday, June 20

8:30-9:00 am  

9:00-9:15 am  
Welcome and day 2 overview

9:15-9:45 am  
Developing a consumer-oriented research agenda

9:45-11:00 am
Using data for research: Considerations and constraints

11:00-11:15 am

11:15-12:00 pm
Breakout group discussions: Generating research ideas and questions for improving quality, disparities, patient & family experiences, and payment

12:00-12:30 pm
Working lunch

12:30-1:15 pm
Reconvene for breakout group reports and discussion

1:15-1:30 pm  

1:30-2:15 pm    
Keynote: Moving toward the 20/20 vision of a high-quality, high-value maternity care system

2:15-3:15 pm    
Panel discussion: Developing a future research agenda

3:15-3:30 pm    
Conclusions and next steps

3:30 pm            




The Sacramento Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, a 15-20 minute drive from Sacramento Municipal Airport (SMF). Many hotels are conveniently located adjacent to or within a few blocks of the convention center, including the Sheraton Grand, Hyatt Regency, and Marriott Residence Inn. Parking for the convention center is available at the city-run Memorial Garage at 14th & H Street, and various other privately owned lots. For additional local information, please see the Sacramento Convention Center and Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau websites. 

Have questions about Using Data to Improve Maternity Care in California - June 19-20, 2014? Contact California HealthCare Foundation


Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J St
Room 306, Ballroom level, East lobby
Sacramento, CA 95814


California HealthCare Foundation

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