Maternal and Obstetric Care Challenges in Rural America: Policy Brief and Recommendations to the Secretary

August 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

More than 700 women a year die of complications related to pregnancy in the U.S., and two-thirds of these deaths are preventable. Maternal mortality is disproportionally affecting black and American Indian/Alaska Native women in the U.S. Additionally, there are disparities between rural and urban populations. According to publicly available data from the U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed by Scientific American, rural areas had a pregnancy-related mortality ratio of 29.4 per 100,000 live births versus 18.2 in urban areas in 2015.

This webinar will highlight maternal health challenges, discuss barriers to maternal healthcare, and present on the committee’s site visit and policy recommendations.

Featured Speakers

Jeff Colyer, MD, Chair, National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services; Former Governor of Kansas
Darci Graves, MPP, MA, MA, Health Insurance Specialist, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Jacob Warren, Ph.D., M.B.A., C.R.A., Director, Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia
Maria “Sallie” Poepsel, CRNA, APRN, Ph.D., CEO, MSMP Anesthesia Services LLC