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Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program: Highlights and Lessons Learned from the Planning Year (2019 – 2020)

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Featured Speakers

Ellie Coombs Elizabeth (Ellie) Coombs, MPP, Senior Associate, Mission Analytics Group, Inc.
Liz Crane Elizabeth (Liz) Crane, MPH, Senior Research Analyst, Mission Analytics Group, Inc
Claire Wilson Claire Wilson, Ph.D., Director, Human Services Research, Insight Policy Research

The Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) Program is a four-year program funded by HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) that seeks to improve maternal care in rural communities by collecting data on rural hospital obstetric services; building networks to coordinate continuum of care; leveraging telehealth and specialty care; and improving financial sustainability.

In this webinar, the evaluation team, Mission Analytics Group, Inc. and Insight Policy Research, will present findings from the first evaluation report on the RMOMS program. FORHP funded three awardees in Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas to create innovative maternal healthcare delivery networks to improve maternal and infant health outcomes in their rural service regions. This webinar will provide an overview of the program, describe awardees' network models and planning year activities, and highlight baseline characteristics of the maternal health population prior to implementation. The Mission/Insight team will evaluate how the rural network models improve access to care, quality of care, and health outcomes for rural women and their families over a four-year evaluation period.