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MCDR Annual Summit

The purpose of The MCDR Annual Summit is to gather all agencies and professionals that provide services to high risk populations and that might be involved in the event of an infant, child or mother's death.  The summit continues to evolve each year based on identified needs and feedback of our Review Committee and partners. 

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2020 Annual Summit 

The Joint Summit for AKPQC and MCDR will be held on January 24-25, 2020 in Tribal Drum Room of the Nuka Learning and Wellness Center located in the Alaska Native Health Campus at 4085 Tudor Centre Drive.

Maternal Child Death Review Committee

Friday morning

  • Alaska Maternal and Child Mortality Data
  • Office of Children's Services Plans of Safe Care Initiative
  • Suicide Prevention Initiatives

Perinatal Quality Collaborative

Friday afternoon & Saturday

  • Alaska perinatal health data presentations
  • Conducting severe maternal morbidity reviews
  • Quality Improvement (QI): SMART Aims workshop and developing a QI initiative
  • Hypertension in pregnancy and updates on the Alaska AIM Hypertension Initiative
  • Improving maternal and neonatal transfers from planned home or birth center deliveries
  • New AKPQC Neonatal Initiative - Infants with Substance Exposure/NAS
  • Patient stories and more!

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2018 ​Annual Summit

The 2018 Annual Summit was held on September 25, 2018 at the Campbell Creek Science Center.  MCDR program staff presented summary data followed by group discussion of case summaries, with the goal of determining program recommendations. Another goal of the Summit was to re-establish a statewide committee of partners focused on data to action and prevention activities. 

Some of the powerpoint presentations and handouts from this meeting are below:

2017 Annual Summit

This meeting was conducted to address systems failures and agency miscommunications identified in reviews that contributed to fatalities in Alaska. This meeting facilitated partnerships and addressed gaps in services among agencies and providers who have a role in responding to fatalities or potential for prevention activities.  Some of the powerpoint presentations from this meeting are below:

2016 Annual Summit

This meeting was conducted to develop recommendations focused on four priority topics (Suicide, Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID), Drowning, & Mate​rnal Opioid-Related Deaths). Each topic generated 2-3 recommendations.

2015 Annual Summit 

This meeting was conducted over 2 days to review over 100 deaths to catch up a back-log, assess classification consistency, and developed over 20 recommendations. These were summarized in the 2015 MCDR Annual Review: Recommendations Report​.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​