Rx Foundation grant partners working to improve maternal health care in the U.S.

Three current grant partners are using Rx Foundation funding to improve women’s health care around pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care.

Dr. Neel Shah is leading a project at Ariadne Labs that is investigating the labor floor management competencies that influence wide variation in rates of birth by cesarean section among hospitals in the U.S. Using in-depth interviews, quantitative, and qualitative analysis, they are working to inform the development of new management strategies than can safely reduce avoidable c-sections. Learn more about this work as explored by CNN, The New Yorker, and Consumer Reports.

Dr. Roseanna Means is leading a project at Health Care Without Walls to pilot a program of support for pregnant women in Boston who are homeless and receiving care at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. The Bridges to Moms program leverages personalized care and intensive case management from a HCWW Nurse Practitioner and Community Health Worker in the outpatient setting, across the continuum from pregnancy through the first year, striving to close gaps in services, improve clinic compliance and health outcomes for the moms and babies, and strengthen maternal bonding.

A team based at the Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) is leading work to develop and pilot a comprehensive population approach to care for pregnant women, aimed specifically at improving birth outcomes for women and infants in the Medicaid population. IN partnership with the Women-Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network in Detroit, MI, they are testing an integrated set of actions: the pregnancy medical home model, peer support (including group prenatal care), pregnancy intention and access to effective contraception, and integrating substance abuse treatment with prenatal care.

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