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Rural Maternal Health – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Maternal Health.

Maternal and Obstetric Care Challenges in Rural America
Provides an overview of the clinical factors and social determinants of health that may increase the risk of maternal morbidity and mortality in rural communities. Discusses the impact of insurance coverage status, hospital and obstetric unit closures, and workforce shortages on rural maternal health. Describes the role of the Department of Health and Human Services in addressing maternal health outcomes. Offers policy recommendations to reduce rural maternal health disparities.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Maternal Health Programs
Provides an overview of five maternal health programs administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Describes the core activities or focus areas, applicant eligibility, reporting requirements and performance measures, and funding history for each program. Features the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program, a pilot program that aims to improve access to maternity and obstetrics services in rural areas.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Medicaid's Role in Financing Maternity Care
Examines the characteristics of births financed by Medicaid and other payers in 2018. Describes the demographics and health status of pregnant women by insurance type, including urban versus rural residence. Provides state-by-state data on births by payer as well as the location of birth, access to prenatal care, and birth outcomes among Medicaid beneficiaries.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Rural-Urban Differences In Severe Maternal Morbidity And Mortality In The US, 2007–15
Analyzes severe maternal morbidity and mortality among rural and urban residents during childbirth. Examines data from the 2007-2015 National Inpatient Sample with breakdowns according to age, insurance type, race/ethnicity, income, Census region, and rurality. Discusses policy implications and strategies to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.
Author(s): Katy Backes Kozhimannil, Julia D. Interrante, Carrie Henning-Smith, Lindsay K. Admon
Citation: Health Affairs, 38, 12
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
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Severe Maternal Morbidity and Hospital Transfer Among Rural Residents
Examines hospital transfer rates for rural and urban residents before and after childbirth and the relationship of transfer status and severe maternal morbidity and mortality.
Author(s): Katy Kozhimannil, Julia D. Interrante, Alexandria Kristensen-Cabrera, Carrie Henning-Smith, Regan Theiler
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Maternal Characteristics and Infant Outcomes in Appalachia and the Delta
Compares maternal characteristics and poor infant outcomes for women and children in the Delta and Appalachia regions with the rest of the United States. Includes charts showing distribution of births, preterm births, and infant mortality with data broken down by maternal characteristics such as race, ethnicity, and age.
Additional links: Supplemental Tables
Author(s): Anne Driscoll, Danielle Ely
Citation: National Vital Statistics Reports, 68(11)
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Improving Access to Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities
Highlights the issues affecting access to healthcare for women in rural communities before, during, and after pregnancy. Demonstrates the need for national, state, and community organizations to work together to develop a plan to improve access to care and the outcomes for rural women and their babies.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Overcoming Racial Disparities and Social Determinants in the Maternal Mortality Crisis
Provides testimonies and the recording of a hearing before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on disparities in maternal mortality. Discusses disparities by race and geographic location, social determinants of health, challenges in rural access to obstetrics, and potential steps for action. Includes testimony from the American Medical Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Maternal Mortality Projects Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Health, and others.
Additional links: Lisa Hollier Testimony, Loren Robinson Testimony, Melanie Rouse Testimony, Patrice Harris Testimony, American Medical Association, Video Recording
Date: 05/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Ways and Means Committee
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HRSA Maternal Mortality Summit: Promising Global Practices to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes Technical Report
Compiles key findings from a three-day summit, Promising Global Practices to Improve Maternal Health Outcomes, that includes reports, presentations, discussion, and other resources to improve maternal health outcomes from experts in the field. Provides an overview of maternal health, morbidity, and mortality in the United States. Covers the limited access to obstetric healthcare services women living in rural areas face.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Increasing Access to Contraception: Rural Health
Offers strategies and best practices to address identified challenges and barriers to increasing access to contraception and related healthcare services in rural areas.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Last Updated: 5/20/2024