Baker Institute expert available to comment on landmark maternal health act


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Baker Institute expert available to comment on landmark maternal health act

HOUSTON – (Dec. 19, 2018) – The House and Senate last week passed a bill that would increase federal efforts to study and prevent maternal mortality. The bill, the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2018, would authorize $58 million per year for the next 4 years to be spent on surveillance, data collection, further research and prevention.

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“This act is a critical step towards identifying and addressing the root causes of high maternal mortality in the United States,” said Quianta Moore, fellow in child health policy at the Baker Institute. She is available for interviews about the bill and its implications both nationally and in Texas. The state has made national headlines in recent years for its maternal mortality rates.

If signed by the president, the legislation’s passage would also authorize such activities as expanding Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research to include reducing disparities in maternal care, and making changes to prevention activities to emphasize maternal mental health and substance-use disorders.

Moore’s research focuses on developing empirically informed policies to advance the health of children. She uses mixed methodologies, including community-based participatory research and surveys, to gain insight into the health needs of communities and to develop data-driven, tailored health policy recommendations. Moreover, she helps funders and community stakeholders develop strategies to support an equitable future for children and their communities.


For more information or to schedule an interview with Moore, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775. The Baker Institute has a radio and television studio available for media.

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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.