Maternal and Child Health

Maternal_Child_Health1North Texas women experience persistent health disparities and during pregnancy at are an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Children across North Texas are also at greater risk of infant mortality during their first year of life. Faculty at UNTHSC conduct innovative research in maternal and child heath to help address these issues.

Dr. Stacey Griner conducts implementation science and mixed-methods research on sexual and reproductive health issues, including STI testing. Dr. Erika Thompson Maternal_Child_Health2conducts mixed-methods women’s health research, including human papillomavirus prevention, contraceptive decision-making, and other sexual and reproductive health topics. Dr. Amy Raines-Milenkov has received grant funding to provide outreach, education and home visitation services to women and their infants before, during and following pregnancy. Dr. Raines-Milenkov also leads the Texas Department of State Health Services Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force that is responsible for reviewing pregnancy-related deaths to identify trends in maternal mortality and morbidity with the goal to reduce these deaths among Texas women.