The Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB) is supported by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). It aims to expand the reach of efforts to reduce infant mortality in Texas.

The Collaborative was founded in 2013. It operates under the umbrella of Healthy Texas Babies and seeks to:

  • Reduce preterm births and infant mortality
  • Reduce disparities in the health outcomes of moms and babies
  • Reduce maternal mortality and morbidity
  • Improve the health outcomes of moms and babies
  • Increase the involvement of dads and families
  • Improve women’s health throughout the life cycle

The Collaborative brings together experts from across Texas. It started as the Expert Panel of the Healthy Texas Babies initiative.

The Expert Panel served as an advisory body during its early years. It has evolved into a larger group with a more active role.

TCHMB is supported by DSHS. It is governed by an Executive Committee that includes:

  • the Chair and Vice Chair of the Collaborative
  • two at-large members
  • the Chair and Vice Chair of the three Standing Committees
  • representatives from DSHS, March of Dimes and the Health and Human Services Commission

Three Standing Committees have been established to support TCHMB:

Community Health Standing Committee – This committee looks at infant mortality from a population level. It also promotes practice change through public health methods.

Its first project is developing a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) public awareness tool and a train-the-trainer model.

This model creates FASD prevention champions around the state in clinical and community health settings.

Obstetrics Standing Committee – This committee is focused on improving perinatal health care for women and their families. It aims to change practice through clinical quality projects.

Its first project is creating protocols for oxytocin use during the induction of labor to reduce cesarean deliveries.

Neonatology Standing Committee – This committee is focused on improving health care for neonates and families. It promotes evidence-based practice through clinical quality improvement projects.

Its first project is promotion of breastfeeding to low birth weight infants in the neonatal ICU.

If you want to join the TCHMB, send an email to TitleV@dshs.state.tx.us.

Please tell us your background, area of interest and include contact information.

Resources

HealthyTexasBabies.org is the home of Healthy Texas Babies. It offers a history of the initiative, info for the public and providers and updates on program activities.

The Healthy Texas Babies & TCHMB Project is hosted by The Litaker Group, an outside organization hired to support the TCHMB.

Texas Health Indicators is an initiative of the DSHS Center for Health Statistics to better share Texas data trends to the public.

Another great site is the Center for Health Statistics which allows visitors to run queries on specific data systems.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement – This group is a leader in the dissemination of quality improvement in health care for hospitals and communities. Its model for quality improvement is adaptable and can inform rapid change.

University of Kansas Community Tool Box – This site houses tools for community outreach, assessment, evaluation and social change.

The March of Dimes Prematurity Prevention Resource Center offers a wealth of info on prematurity prevention. Several toolkits for prevention of poor birth outcomes are housed here.

The March of Dimes PeriStats site houses data on a number of different birth outcomes. Users can run specific reports based on their needs.