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

Duration: approximately minutes

Featured Speakers

Ellie Coombs Elizabeth (Ellie) Coombs, MPP, Managing Associate, Mission Analytics Group, Inc.
Liz Crane Elizabeth (Liz) Crane, MPH, Health Researcher, 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 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.