Rural Maternal Health Networks: Evaluation Findings from the First Implementation Year of the RMOMS 2019 Cohort
Date: Duration: approximately
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.