Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality

Name Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality
Contact Person Karis Schoellmann - Bureau of Family Health, Team Lead: Communications, Innovation & Action
Mailing Address 1450 Poydras Street, Room 2032
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone Number 504-568-3504
Fax Number 504-568-3503
Board Email karis.schoellmann@la.gov
Website www.dhh.la.gov
Legal Authority Louisiana Revised Statute 40:2018
Year Created 1989
Organizational Placement Louisiana Department of Health
Purpose/Function This commission is responsible for researching and reviewing all state laws, regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures that impact perinatal care and, where appropriate, making recommendations to the legislature and secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals. In addition, the commission is responsible for providing a plan that the state can adopt to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies, sick infants, and infant mortalities.
Number of Entity Members: Number Authorized: 16
Number Currently Serving: 13
Number of Entity Meetings: Actual number in prior year: 6
Estimated number in current year: 6
The Entity is:
Active   Inactive   Not fully organized   Disbanded   Never fully organized
Do members receive per diem, salaries, and/or travel expense reimbursements?
Yes   No
Excluding member per diem, salaries, and travel expense reimbursements, does the entity receive or expend funds?
Yes   No
Entity Member Per Diem:
  Amount Authorized: $0      per meeting   per meeting day   per day spent on board business   None

Total entity member per diem:
  Prior year actual: $0.00
  Current year budgeted: $0.00
Entity Member Salaries:
  Prior year actual: $0.00
  Current year budgeted: $0.00
Entity Member Travel Expense Reimbursement:
  Prior year actual: $0.00
  Current year budgeted: $0.00
Number and Type of Authorized Employee Positions:
Classified: 0
Unclassified: 0
Part-time: 0
Entity Fiscal Year End:
4/30         7/31         10/31         Other (identify date)
6/30         9/30         12/31         None
Participation in State Employee Benefit Programs:
    Employees:
       participate in state retirement system(s) and/or state group insurance program(s)
       do not participate in state benefit programs

    Members:
       participate in state retirement system(s) and/or state group insurance program(s)
       do not participate in state benefit programs
A state agency provides: (Check all that apply and identify the state agency)
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Travel Reimbursements    State Agency: Louisiana Department of Health
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Is this entity a budget unit or included within a budget unit of the State of Louisiana as defined by LSA-R.S. 39:2?
   Yes    No
  If yes, identify the budget unit and the budget schedule number below:
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Notes Charges & Authorized Projects

The Perinatal Commission’s charge is to:
Research and review state regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures that impact perinatal care and make recommendations to the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and the legislature
Conduct special studies to inform state efforts to address maternal and infant mortality

The Perinatal Commission authorizes three projects:
1-Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative (LaPQC) -provides support to hospitals for continuous quality improvement on perinatal outcomes.

2-Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review (PAMR)-reviews all deaths in women during or within one year of pregnancy, and crafts recommendations for how to prevent future deaths.

3-Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR)-reviews unexpected fetal and infant to better understand why these deaths occur and how to prevent them.


Activities
Over the past two years,(2018-2020) the work of the commission has centered around three areas of focus:
1) Support the development of policies and initiatives to prevent maternal deaths and life-threatening complications during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and post-partum
2) Continue efforts to strengthen policies related to neonatal and infant health
3) Strengthen the Commission’s ability to inform health policy and effect change
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