The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has embarked on a crucial mission to enhance the quality of maternal health services across the state. In response to the Governor's call for a statewide review of access to maternal health services, the MDPH, under the Healey-Driscoll Administration, is organizing a series of public listening sessions to gather valuable insights from the community.
The recent closure of birth facilities in various communities, from Holyoke to Leominster to Beverly, has underscored the need to review and improve the maternal health system in Massachusetts. These listening sessions offer residents an opportunity to share their experiences and provide feedback that can lead to meaningful changes in the state's approach to maternal health services.
The primary goal of these listening sessions is to understand the challenges and difficulties that people have encountered within the maternal health system. By hearing directly from individuals who have experienced issues with maternal healthcare, the MDPH aims to make recommendations that will result in safer and more accessible maternal health services for all in the state.
Here are some key details about these sessions:
The listening sessions will be conducted in both in-person and virtual formats to ensure accessibility for as many residents as possible.
To ensure that the feedback is accurately documented and analyzed, all sessions will be recorded. Participants will be asked for their consent for audio recording to maintain transparency and protect privacy.
The events are publicly accessible and open for participation by all residents of Massachusetts. You can find detailed information about the listening sessions, including dates, times, and registration details on the official Mass.gov website: Events | Mass.gov.
For more information and to register for upcoming listening sessions, please visit the official Mass.gov website or contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for further details.