The goal of the study is to gain insight into prenatal care utilization and quality and to inform policies and practices that can improve maternal health. Using OptumLabs data, the researchers will focus their analyses on two primary aims: (1) are there differences in timing of prenatal care initiation by zip code; (2) how does quality of prenatal care vary across geographic areas and by women’s health status. The team will also explore the impact of earlier prenatal care initiation and higher quality prenatal care on maternal health. Deliverables will include a project work plan and final narrative report. The researchers will also produce paper(s) suitable for publication and present findings at national research meetings and to other stakeholder audiences as appropriate, including policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels and other key stakeholders, as part of the deliverables for this grant.

Principal Investigators:

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Neel Shah, M.D., M.P.P., FACOG

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative - Harvard Medical School

Dr. Neel Shah, M.D., M.P.P., FACOG, is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biolo... Read Bio

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Rebecca Gourevitch

Ph.D. Candidate - Harvard University

Rebecca Gourevitch is a Ph.D. Candidate in Health Policy at Harvard University. Read Bio


Grant: #76785
Grantee Institution: Ariadne Labs
Grant Period: 9/15/19 – 9/14/20