Rural Maternal Health Networks: Evaluation Findings from the First Implementation Year of the RMOMS 2019 Cohort
Duration: approximately minutes
|Elizabeth (Ellie) Coombs, MPP, Managing Associate, Mission Analytics Group, Inc.|
|Elizabeth (Liz) Crane, MPH, Health Researcher, Mission Analytics Group, Inc|
|Claire Wilson, Ph.D., Director, Human Services Research, Insight Policy Research|
The Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program promotes network models to increase access to pregnancy-related care in rural communities. The program is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a partnership between the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). This presentation discusses lessons learned from the planning and first implementation years of the three networks awarded funding in 2019: the Missouri Bootheel Perinatal Network (BPN), the New Mexico Rural Obstetrics Access and Maternal Services (ROAMS) Network, and the Texas-RMOMS Comprehensive Maternal Care Network (TX-RMOMS). Findings are based on interviews and patient-level data reporting. Presentation topics include network models and facilitators and barriers related to network management, successful strategies to improve access to care and maternal and infant health outcomes, and overviews of awardee populations and health outcomes.