Podcast

Promoting Maternal Health in Texas Podcast

Extensive review of maternal morbidity and mortality in Texas provides insight into leading health risks as well as opportunities to prevent pregnancy-related complications and death. In the following two podcasts, experts from the Department of State Health Services review current data and initiatives and provide guidelines for how health-care providers can promote healthy outcomes for Texas mothers and babies.

Texas Health Steps
Promoting Maternal Health in Texas: Current Data and Initiatives

Texas Health Steps
Promoting Maternal Health in Texas: A Call to Action

Dr. John Hellerstedt portrait

Dr. John Hellerstedt, MD
Commissioner
Texas Department of State Health Services

Dr. Hellerstedt has served as DSHS commissioner since January 2016 and is a leading spokesman for public health issues in the state. Dr. Hellerstedt is a long-time Texas pediatrician who has been chief medical officer at the Seton Family of Hospitals and vice president of medical affairs at Dell Children’s Medical Center, both in Austin. He previously served the state as medical director for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Dr. Manda Hall portrait

Manda Hall, MD
Associate Commission of Community Health Improvement
Texas Department of State Health Services

Dr. Hall is the state’s point person for promoting maternal health. She is experienced in internal medicine, pediatrics, and allergy and immunology and serves as a faculty member of the DSHS Preventive Medicine and Public Health Residency Program. She previously served as medical director of the Title V Maternal and Child Health program and as director of the Children with Special Health Care Needs program.

Recommended Courses

Preconception Health: Screening and Intervention

Preconception Health: Screening and Intervention

Integrate best practices for preconception health care and counseling into preventive medical checkups.

CREDIT HOURS: 1.25 CE

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Prenatal Health: Screening and Intervention

Prenatal Health: Screening and Intervention

Integrate best practices for preconception health care and counseling into preventive medical checkups.

CREDIT HOURS: 1.25 CE

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Recommended Tutorial

Integrating Postpartum Depression Screening into Routine Infant Medical Checkups

Integrating Postpartum Depression Screening into Routine Infant Medical Checkups

Maternal and child health are intricately linked. This tutorial explores the impact of postpartum depression and provides guidance about how Texas Health Steps providers can receive separate reimbursement for conducting maternal postpartum depression screening during an infant’s regular checkup.

CREDIT HOURS: 0.00 CE

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Resources

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force Report, September 2018

Healthy Texas Babies

Someday Starts Now

TexasAIM

Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies

About Texas Health Steps

Texas Health Steps’ award-winning online program offers FREE CE courses for primary care providers and other health professionals. These courses offer updated clinical, regulatory, and best practice guidelines for a range of preventive health, oral health, mental health, and case management topics.