Maternity Care in Rural Communities: Challenges and Opportunities

Rural communities are striving to meet the needs of pregnant women and families. This seminar will describe the changing landscape of rural obstetric care, including the scope of obstetric unit and hospital closures in rural areas of the US, and its effects on patient access and clinical care. Policy and community solutions will be discussed.

Katy Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA is Director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and an Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She conducts research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that impacts health care delivery, quality, and outcomes during critical times in the lifecourse, including pregnancy and childbirth. The goal of her scholarly work is to contribute to the evidence base for clinical and policy strategies to advance racial, gender, and geographic equity and to collaborate with stakeholders in making policy change to address social determinants and structural injustice in order to facilitate improved health and well-being.

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This seminar is cosponsored by the UBC School of Population and Public Health, The Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, and the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research.