Maternal Telehealth Access Project was funded in May 2020 for one year by the CARES Act to increase access to quality maternity care and services via telehealth during (and beyond) the COVID-19 pandemic. The project will focus specifically on serving women at greatest risk of maternal mortality and morbidity, including women of color, Black women, Native American women, Latinx women, and women who live in rural and frontier communities.
Maternal mortality impacts women of color at higher rates and the COVID-19 pandemic is making the situation worse. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention illustrate COVID-19 mortality rates are substantially higher among Black and Latinx women. As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country, pregnant women of color have expressed concern about how they can safely obtain prenatal care, deliver their babies, feed their babies and receive needed postpartum support services, including mental health care.
Maternal Telehealth Access Project seeks to address these concerns and support providers, as well as families, to access telehealth and distant care services. Maternal Telehealth Access Project is supported by a one-time award through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
The Maternal Telehealth Access Project is led by a team of organizations working together to respond as quickly as we can to the urgent need for telehealth services. Information about specific team members is available here. To connect with the project, contact Dorothy Cilenti, Principal Investigator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are links to our partners.
- National Birth Equity Collaborative
- Georgia Health Policy Center
- R.A.C.E. for Equity
- Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere
- UNC School of Public Health Department of Maternal and Child Health
- Jordan Institute for Families, UNC School of Social Work
- SHEPS Center for Health Services Research
- National Perinatal Association
- National Area Health Education Center Organization (NAO)
- Meridian Communications
- The 4th Trimester Project and the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative
- Morehouse School of Medicine
The Maternal Telehealth Access Project: Collaboration and Innovation for Equity and Healthy Families (Grant # H7EMC37564) is a collaborative initiative with several partnering agencies aimed at ensuring that women at highest risk are receiving quality maternal care services via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an Award totaling $4,000,000 for one year with 0% percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, no an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.