Friday, November 11, 2016

October 19th Workgroup Meeting Agenda Notes & Update

Thank you for the great energy and work at our October 19th Meeting! We are grateful for the time you took out of your day to join us for this meeting, and we are honored to work with all of you!

Update since the October 19th meeting:
Amanda Read, YWCA MotherLove Program and LaVie Montgomery, Project NAF, will be visiting Kalamazoo, Michigan for Kalamazoo Infant Mortality Community Action Initiative's 3rd Annual Strategic Intent Meeting where they will learn more about how Kalamazoo is combating infant mortality in their city. Dr. Arthur James will be the keynote speaker at the event, and they also plan to attend a luncheon with Dr. James as well.  Amanda and LaVie would like to know if you have any questions or input that you would like addressed on their visit to Kalamazoo. Please send your thoughts to Amanda at by 11/15.

Next Steps

The strategies/actions that arose from our meeting were:

Action Item
Root Causes of Death data
  • Expand Child Fatality Prev. Task Force to include MAHEC Ob/Gyn physician to go deeper into mother’s health record and social determinants of health as possible contributors to infants’ deaths

Dr. Jennifer Mullendore and Dr. Cindy Brown will work with the Child Fatality Prevention Team to expand representation and gather this data. 
Home Visiting Programs
  •   Convene all programs that currently do home visitation (NFP, Project NAF, Motherlove, CCWNC, Verner, etc.) to identify where the gaps are, etc. (There was discussion about this growing into a longer-term home visitation collaborative, if useful).
  • Pilot post-partum (health care) home visitation

CHIP staff will work with Ami Greene and Dr. Beth Buys to explore next steps
  • Advocacy implementation plan around NC Perinatal Health Strategic Plan

Dr. Arthur Ollendorff and Greg Borom will meet to finalize plan. If you are interested in participating in this effort, please contact Maggie Adams, Community Centered Health Home Project Coordinator at

Below are links to the meeting materials as well as the scorecard below:
  • A link to the scorecard can be found here.

Diving Into Health Disparities and Health Equity

It has been a few months since we last met.  Since that time, CHIP Partners have had many opportunities to learn about the issues that frame our CHIP priorities -specifically around health disparities & health equity.  For a summary of two of these events, please click here. In addition to these events, we've also completed the first iteration of our Infant Mortality scorecard, as well as conducted research into data and strategies.

It's now time to reconvene and determine which strategies we collectively want to work on. Our next meeting is scheduled on:

October 19th; 3-5pm
Cherokee Room, MAHEC Education Building
121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville


New information/data on the curve(s) we are focused on turning
  • Root causes of death- update from BC Child Fatality Prevention Team
  • Other data we need?
New information or insight on the story behind those curves
  • Reflection on our time with Dr. Arthur James
  • Update on movement/activity since then
Partners with a role to play (Partner Updates)
  • Community Centered Health Home
  • Buncombe County Health & Human Services
  • Other updates?
New information on what works to do better in our community
  • NC Perinatal Health Strategic Plan
  • NICHQ recommendations

Between now and our meeting, I also ask that you visit the scorecard and provide feedback on what is missing or needs to be changed. The following link is to the main Buncombe County CHIP Scorecard that includes all of our priority work.  A brief video tutorial is provided to help you learn how to navigate the scorecard.  Scroll down the page to find our Infant Mortality Result where all our work to-date has been captured.