Maternal Health in the Community

Maternal Health in the Community

Release Date: 08/26/2021
Expiration Date: 08/25/2021
Format: Internet Enduring Activity

Target Audience

This activity is intended for community health workers.

Statement of Need

Many maternal deaths and serious harm to moms in the United States are preventable. These poor maternal health outcomes happen for a number of reasons. These reasons are called Social Determinants of Health. They include low-income, poor nutrition and limited access to health care. Creating good maternal health and behaviors influences health throughout the life course. This happens by helping moms access resources to stay healthy and well. This course prepares Community Health Workers (CHWs) for coaching moms using these resources. The resources empower moms to protect their health before, during and after having a baby.

Educational Objectives

Upon the completion of this activity, learners should be able to:

  • Explain the components of women’s anatomy and health behaviors to support a healthy pregnancy for baby and mom.
  • Define and discuss the global, U.S. and local maternal mortality crisis including existing health disparities. 
  • Understand the application of basic health literacy skills & tools to improve moms’ understanding of postnatal education.
  • Demonstrate methods to abate the effect of low health literacy on postnatal education understanding to improve maternal outcomes.

Accreditation Statement

Community Health Workers
This activity is State Certified for 2.0 credits for community health workers.



In accordance with the appropriate accrediting bodies, all planners, teachers, and authors with control over activity content are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships (those held by the planner or significant other, currently or within the last 24 months) with commercial interests. Accredited providers are required to provide this information to learners before the start of an activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center CE & Assessment planning team nor the subject matter expert have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


All information contained within this activity is intended for educational purposes only. Physicians and other health care professionals are encouraged to consult other sources and confirm the information contained in this site. No single reference or service can take the place of medical training, education and experience. This web site does not define a standard of care, nor is it intended to dictate an exclusive course of management. This information should not substitute for a visit or consultation with a health care provider.

Technical Requirements

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