March of Dimes Announces New Insights Dashboard to Tackle Urgent Maternal Health Crisis

Interactive tool released at SXSW in collaboration with the Deloitte Health Equity Institute reveals data on the presence and impact of maternity care deserts

ARLINGTON, Va., March 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Each year, more than 2.2 million women face the prospect of giving birth without the assistance of a hospital with obstetric services, a birthing center or a obstetrics provider in their community. For these women and 150,000 babies, maternity deserts are an all too common reality in United Stateswhere unequal access to health care contributes to a maternal and child health crisis.1

To combat the prevalence of these maternity care deserts, March of Dimes, a leader in the fight for the health of all mothers and babies, collaborated with the Deloitte Health Equity Institute to launch Maternity Care Desert and Health Equity Interactive Tool, a new information dashboard that will make available information on access to maternity care for women in United States and guide health actors in their efforts to provide the necessary care to women and babies at risk. For too long, the maternal health crisis has not been visible, limited to statistics and other numbers. This tool draws on the March of Dimes 2020 Maternity Care Desert Report to visually illustrate not only the prevalence of maternity care deserts, but also the very real drivers of health and chronic health conditions associated with living in these deserts. The dashboard provides the ability to interact with and review community-level indicators when considering appropriate maternal care interventions.

The dashboard will be previewed today at the SXSW 2022 conference at Austin, TX during the session led by March of Dimes and titled Combatting Maternity Care Deserts in the United States at 11:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m. CT

“Maternity care deserts are a very real and very serious problem that far too many women and babies in the United States face. Access to quality maternity care is an essential part of maternal health and positive birth outcomes, especially in light of the high rates of severe maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States,” said Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO of March of Dimes. “We are grateful to Deloitte for their collaboration in developing this tool to help us better identify the areas of greatest need and the resources needed to ensure that every mother and baby gets a healthy start.”

The data and analytics in this dashboard can provide a more comprehensive view of the locations of maternity care deserts, as well as insight into the relationship between maternity care deserts and issues of race/ethnicity, income and chronic health inequalities among women of reproductive age. . This map can be used by federal, state, local, academic and other decision makers to help identify, educate and allocate resources needed to address the maternal health crisis affecting women and infants in United States.

How it works

The interactive Maternity Care Desert and Health Equity tool is powered by Deloitte’s HealthPrism™ data and insights (1,700 determinants of health data variables and over 20 disease state models) and will specifically allow users isolate counties based on their access to maternity care, OB hospitals or birthing centers and obstetrical providers (per 10,000 births). Counties are divided into four tiers within each category: no access (ie maternity care deserts), low access, moderate access, and full access. Users can also explore state-level accessibility, which provides more information on the demographics of affected women, household composition, social determinants of health, and chronic health conditions. The dashboard is available as a useful new data and resource tool on the March of Dimes PeriStats website,

To populate the data, the dashboard uses HealthPrism, along with data from several large commercially available consumer marketing datasets and publicly available data from the US Census and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ) the United States. The dashboard uses predictive models to accurately display results for racially and ethnically diverse groups.

SXSW Conference 2022

The Maternity Care Desert Dashboard will be featured during March of Dimes’ first appearance at the SXSW 2022 conference. Saturday March 12from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CT, Stacey D. Stewart will lead a session titled “Combating Maternity Care Deserts in the United States,” which will provide an overview of the Maternity Care Dashboard and its capabilities.

The session will feature a conversation with Dr. Judette Louisboard member of March of Dimes and chairman of the OB/GYN department at University of South Floridawhich will discuss the prevalence and impact of maternity care deserts, as well as the policy, technology and mobile solutions needed to better serve women and babies.

“It is not enough to know where maternity care deserts exist, but to truly improve the health and well-being of mothers and babies, we need to better understand the factors that can affect their health in addition to access to care,” said Jay BhatDO, MPH, MPA, Executive Director of Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and the Deloitte Institute for Health Equity. “This dashboard offers data and analytics that can help March of Dimes and others committed to improving women’s health better understand the needs of women specific to their individual communities and align resources to provide better and more equitable care with dignity and respect based on trust.”

The March of Dimes at the 2022 SXSW Conference titled Combatting Maternal Care Deserts in the United States takes place on Saturday, March 12, 2022, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CT in the Austin Marriott’s Waterloo 3 Ballroom. More information can be found HERE.

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