FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS: Goals, Objectives, and Purpose of Study

The goals of this study are: (1) to describe the existing baseline of perinatal care-coordination activities in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, and (2) to determine customary procedures, connections, and transactions between agencies/organizations delivering perinatal services. The target population is low-income persons living in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

Primary objectives are: (1) to provide a basis for defining a model system of perinatal care in Hennepin and Ramsey counties in which individuals and organizations can envision and consistently predict their specific roles in the perinatal system, and (2) to explain the reimbursement system for care of low-income women and its impact on the manner in which perinatal care services are delivered.

The purpose of the study is to address the following research question:Does the current perinatal care system have the capacity to reliably deliver comprehensive, coordinated care and support services to low-income, at-risk pregnant women in Hennepin and Ramsey counties?

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