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

Adanya Lustig filed this request with the Department of Public Health and Human Services of Montana.
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From: Adanya Lustig

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Montana Public Records Act, Article II, § 9, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.


Adanya Lustig

From: Department of Public Health and Human Services

Hi there,

Our vital statistics captures maternal deaths. There is a check box on the death certificate which identifies maternal deaths. When a maternal death is identified, a local Maternal Mortality Review Team investigates the death further (FICMMR). However, FICMMR data is exempt from public records requests by law. In addition, the death certificates aren’t always reliable at identifying maternal deaths; about 40% identified on the death certificate turn out to not be maternal deaths.

Death certificates, however, are available to the public, but they are not searchable. If you want, you could visit vital records and manually look at the index books.

Finally, we do not know what you mean by ‘data frame’ or ‘data record layout’. Please explain further.



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