The purpose of the L. A. HOPE survey is to improve our understanding of
why some babies have better health outcomes than others. As part of the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) process,
the L. A. HOPE survey provides key information about maternal
experiences, attitudes, and histories for fetal and infant death cases
in Los Angeles County.
All information obtained from the survey is stripped of identifiers for
review by a Technical Review Panel. The Technical Review Panel consists of experts on maternal and
infant health from a variety of disciplines. Using the case summaries provided, this panel provides
preliminary recommendations about how to prevent the type of fetal and
infant deaths found in Los Angeles County.
The preliminary recommendations from the Technical Review Panel and a
summary of survey results are brought to a Community Action Team. The Community Action Team not only includes experts in infant
health, but also incorporates the expertise of local community
stakeholders and policymakers.
The Community Action Team makes and implements final recommendations to
improve the health of women and babies in Los Angeles County.