About this Toolkit
The Rural Maternal Health Toolkit was first published on 5/17/2021.
Toolkits are developed based on a review of FORHP grantees' applications, foundation-funded projects, and an
extensive literature review, to identify evidence-based and promising models. Programs featured in the toolkit
are interviewed to provide insights about their work and guidance for other rural communities interested in
undertaking a similar project.
This toolkit was produced by the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center in
collaboration with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and the Rural Health Information
Contributors from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center include Amanda
Corbett, Ericka Lara Ovares, Katy Kozhimannil, and Ira Moscovice. Contributors from NORC include
Alycia Bayne and Sabrina Avripas.
The University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center wishes to acknowledge the following
individuals, who have contributed their time and expertise to review and provide feedback on this
- Emily Anderson, RN, IBCLC, Chaffee County Public Health, CO
- Olivia Beckman, MD, Indian Health Service
- Rae O'Leary, RN, MPH of Missouri Breaks Industries Research, Inc.
- Jackie Moline, BSN, RN, CLC, Maternal Infant Health Program, Nebraska Department of Health and
For questions or comments about the toolkit, or for further assistance with using the toolkit, please contact:
Suggested citation: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and NORC Walsh Center
for Rural Health
Analysis, 2021. Rural Maternal Health Toolkit [online] Rural Health Information Hub. Available at:
[Accessed 15 May 2022].
The development of this toolkit was supported by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
(FORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Department (HHS) under contract #HHSH250201300021I/HHSH25034002T.