The Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Family Health is responsible for administering the Title V Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Program which involves monitoring, researching, and evaluating health status and conducting activities to identify and address community health problems. Within the population of women of reproductive age, maternal mortality is an indicator that is monitored by KDHE pursuant to K.S.A. 65-177. Maternal mortality is considered a sentinel (patient safety) event that warrants close scrutiny.
An increasing national and state trend in maternal and pregnancy-associated deaths indicates the need to conduct maternal mortality review in order to gain insight into the medical and social factors leading to these events and to prevent future occurrences. In 2018 KDHE established the Kansas Maternal Mortality Review Committee (MMRC). The committee consists of 25-35 geographically diverse members representing various specialties, facilities, and systems that interact and impact maternal health.