Maternal Health Innovation

Launching March 1st, Select Tuesdays 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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Did you know that New Jersey has the fourth highest maternal mortality rate in the country? You can be part of the solution. Join us for a powerful collaborative training series to help make New Jersey the safest and most equitable place in the nation to give birth and raise a baby. 

Maternal Health Innovation ECHO Session Leaders

  • Damali Campbell-Oparaji, MD - Medical Director of NJ Maternal Care Quality Collaborative, Assistant Professor, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 
  • Joseph J. Apuzzio, MD - Professor & Vice Chair Obstetrics Gynecology & Reproductive Health, Director Maternal Fetal Medicine, Professor Radiology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 
  • Brandie Wooding, MSN, BSN, RN - Nurse Consultant, NJ Maternal Care Quality Collaborative 
  • Julie Blumenfeld, DNP, CNM, IBCLC, FACNM - Program Director, Nurse Midwifery & Dual Women's Health/Nurse Midwifery, Assistant Professor, Advance Practice Division, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences 
  • Elizabeth Taylor, CD, CBE, CLC Founder, Let's Doula This, Sister to Sister Doulas of Essex County  

Learning Objectives

After participating in this ECHO, providers will be able to:

  • Understand the current maternal health landscape for underserved women in New Jersey.
  • Identify and recognize how each of the maternal health innovation strategies supports the work of improving maternal health outcomes for pregnant women in New Jersey.
  • Distinguish the levels of maternal care and their impact on increasing access to equitable service and care.
  • Outline the key reasons and evidence as to why the overuse of cesarean births needs to be eliminated and learn how other organizations and states are implementing best practices.
  • Design individual and organizational action plans that describe how individuals and groups will work to reduce cesarean births, improve how maternal mortality and morbidity reviews are conducted, and support the implementation of maternal levels of care.

Continuing Education Accreditation

  • To view the CE Accreditation for CME, CNE, and Social Work Credits, click here.

This Rutgers Project ECHO is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $10,361,110.00 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.   For more information, please visit