About the Project

Important Notice: Application deadline extended to Monday, March 29 at 5pm. The new projected award date is May 1st.

The United States currently has the highest rates of maternal mortality and morbidity (3M) in the developed world. More than half of all maternal deaths and serious morbidities are preventable. Despite relative national wealth, significant racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities contribute substantially to overall poor maternal health outcomes in the United States. A community-based, life course approach to addressing health disparities in vulnerable populations is fundamental to identifying and implementing sustainable approaches to prevent maternal mortality and morbidity for women carrying the disproportionate burden of maternal morbidity and mortality.

The overarching vision of this program is to:

  1. Engage organizations, networks and researchers that are firmly connected to and imbedded in communities with high levels of maternal morbidity and mortality, and
  2. Provide funding for community informed implementation studies of evidence-based interventions known to improve health and outcomes for women of reproductive age.

The program seeks to rapidly award and fund regional coalitions to test implementation of evidence-based interventions to improve heart, lung, and sleep health outcomes before and during pregnancy in order to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity among disproportionately affected populations of women. As part of this initiative, these regional coalitions will work closely with Westat, Inc., the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) awardee serving as the Administrative Coordinating Center (ACC). If you are part of an organization who is interested in applying, please register for an account to access the Research Opportunity Announcement. Go to the eligibility requirements page to find out more.

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