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NORC studies the full range of factors that can improve maternal outcomes in the U.S.

An unacceptably high number of women in the U.S. die during or after childbirth every year. The risk for pregnancy-related death is also higher for certain women (i.e., non-Hispanic Black women and American Indian/Alaska Native women) compared with non-Hispanic White women. 

NORC has helped a variety of agencies and organizations identify which policies and programs are working to improve maternal health in the U.S. and what can be done to reduce health disparities in maternal outcomes. Among many other projects, NORC designed and is implementing the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) mixed methods Maternal Health Portfolio Evaluation, which uses a health equity lens to assess the impact of HRSA awardees who are working to improve maternal health in the country.

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Maternal Health Experts

Highlighted Projects

Evaluation of HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau Discretionary Performance Measures

Developing accurate measures of whether HRSA’s grants are having an impact


Health Resources and Services Administration

Racial Disparities in Maternal Health

An analysis of severe maternal morbidity for 7.8 million hospital deliveries covered under Medicaid


Blue Cross Blue Shield Association