Maternal Death Data Frame (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services)

Adanya Lustig filed this request with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services of Michigan.
Multi Request Maternal Death Data Frame


From: Adanya Lustig

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), I hereby request the following records:

The data record layout, data frame, or any equivalent data framework used by this agency to document maternal deaths. Materials responsive to this portion of this request should include reference to the data elements collected by this department and should not include any personal information. Please feel free to redact any personally-identifying information.

If any clarification is necessary, please feel free to call the MuckRock Office at 617-299-1832.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Adanya Lustig

From: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Please see response to your FOIA request below and attached documents:

Response to Adanya Lustig's FOIA request for the Maternal Death Data Frame:
Michigan uses a multi-stage process to identify maternal deaths. We use the Michigan Resident Mortality Files to identify deaths with either a cause of death that is pregnancy-related or the pregnancy checkbox indicates that the woman was pregnant at the time of death or pregnant within the year prior to death. In addition, the mortality files for women ages 10-60 years are linked to the Michigan Resident Live Birth Files or the Michigan Resident Fetal Death files to identify women who had either a live birth or fetal death in the year prior to death. In April 2017, Michigan enacted mandatory maternal death reporting. The form for that reporting is attached. A file is prepared and we then begin contacting Medical Examiners, hospitals, physicians, police and any other relevant agency to request records for case abstraction, pregnancy verification and case summaries. This information, along with the vital records data, are entered into the MMMS database. Cases are reviewed by Medical and Injury review committees, which are composed of physicians, public health professionals and other subject matter experts. As part of the review the committee reviews each case to verify the diagnosis, the relationship to pregnancy and identifies opportunities for prevention. This is information is also entered into the MMMS database. The birth master, fetal death and DX master are the record layouts for these fields, the data dictionary for the MMMS database and the preventability form are attached to this e-mail.

Ruth O'Connor
Bureau of Legal Affairs
333 S. Grand Avenue 5th Floor
Lansing, MI 48933
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