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IBW Client Success: Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center

IBW Client Success: Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center

IBW client Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center was recently awarded a $2 million grant by the Health Services & Resources Administration (HRSA) to address the maternal mortality crisis among mothers of color in Missouri.



The maternal mortality rate in the United States is the highest of any developed nation in the world, more than double that of peer countries. In Missouri, African American mothers experience preterm births, a condition that can threaten the life of both mother and baby, at a rate much higher than White mothers.


 The HRSA grant will be used to implement approaches to improve maternal health outcomes and reduce disparities for patients at highest risk, in particular African American and American Indian/Alaska Native women, who are two to three times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than White women.


UnitedHealthcare provided its full support of the application, and through its Catalyst Model, is part of a unique collaboration that includes Sam Rodgers and Northland Health Care Access (also an IBW client.) Use of the Catalyst Model will support Sam Rodgers in identifying and addressing the clinical and health-related social needs of patients and other women in the community at highest risk of maternal morbidity and mortality.


Sam Rodgers’ mission is to provide high quality, compassionate, and affordable health care for all.A Federally Qualified Health Canter, its health services encompass several areas of expertise, including medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, population health, outreach and education, health insurance services, telehealth and WIC. Learn more about Sam Rodgers and how it provides programs that are designed to help the community get the care it needs.


Congratulations and thank you, Sam Rodgers, for being a critical part of this data-driven, innovative, patient-centered, and scalable program that will help reduce disparities and improve maternal health outcomes.