2022 NIH Implementing a Maternal health & PRegnancy Outcomes Vision for Everyone (IMPROVE) Initiative Awardee Workshop

February 15, 2022 (11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ET)


NICHD; NIH Office of the Director (OD); Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), OD, NIH


NIH VideoCast; registration is free but required  


IMPROVE is an NIH-wide initiative led by NIH OD, NICHD, and ORWH, with participation from multiple NIH institutes, centers, and offices, that was established in response to the rising U.S. rates of pregnancy-related deaths. This multipronged, innovative research effort is designed to address maternal mortality and morbidity, including severe maternal morbidity, and improve maternal health before, during, and after pregnancy. IMPROVE includes a special focus on health disparities and populations disproportionately affected, such as African Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Asian Pacific Islanders, Hispanics/Latinas, very young women and women of advanced maternal age, and people with disabilities.

In fiscal year (FY) 2020, NIH awarded more than $7 million to support 36 IMPROVE projects aimed at rapidly improving our understanding of and mitigation strategies for the leading causes of pregnancy-related and pregnancy-associated mortality and morbidity.

This workshop brings together researchers and clinicians supported by the FY20 NIH IMPROVE funding to share their work, progress to date, and insights resulting from their research. Participants will:

  • Share research results and lessons learned from IMPROVE projects
  • Identify common themes and highlight shared research gaps and opportunities that can complement ongoing disease-specific work across NIH and collaborating organizations
  • Further define the needs of pregnant and postpartum individuals to reduce preventable causes of morbidity and mortality

Individuals who need reasonable accommodations to participate in this activity should contact Monica Barnette at mbarnette@thebizzellgroup.com at least 5 days in advance.

More Information


For registration-related questions:
Monica Barnette
Email: mbarnette@thebizzellgroup.com

For workshop-related questions:
Dr. Nahida Chakhtoura, Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Disease Branch, Division of Extramural Research, NICHD
Tel: 301-435-6872
Email: nahida.chakhtoura@nih.gov

Please note: Views expressed during NICHD-sponsored events do not necessarily reflect the opinions or the official positions of NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
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