WHAMglobal, launched in 2017, is committed to identifying the root causes of maternal mortality and supporting mothers and families through the entirety of their care. WHAMglobal is focused on learning best practices from the Pittsburgh region and other states, and on studying global models of maternity care. Debra L. Caplan, MPA, is chair of WHAMglobal.
The WHAMglobal Regional Advisory Committee features leaders with backgrounds in maternal care, research, policy, workforce development, communications, public health, and community activism. The committee will collaborate with WHAMglobal and WHAMglobal partners to advance a statewide policy agenda, which includes establishing a maternal mortality review committee and increasing career opportunities for doulas and midwives. The committee will also help to develop a maternity care bundled payment model, and provide input on a doula/midwife Champions program. JHF has previously held Champions programs to advance the education, training, and career development of community health workers, medical assistants, nurses, pharmacists, EMS professionals, and physicians.