U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration
Monday, March 25

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for a new Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS) program — (HRSA-19-094). HRSA plans to fund three awards to formal or established networks serving rural communities as part of this funding opportunity.

You can review the funding opportunity at:

Successful RMOMS award recipients will receive up to $9 million for a four-year period of performance to improve the access to and continuity of maternal obstetrics care in rural communities. Award recipients will work with FORHP and HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to dedicate the first year to planning activities and the second through fourth years to implementing activities that address the program’s focus areas: rural hospital obstetric service aggregation, network approach to coordination a continuum of care, leveraging telehealth and specialty care, and financial sustainability approaches.

All domestic public and private entities, nonprofit and for-profit, will be eligible to apply and all services must be provided in HRSA-designated rural areas (as defined by the Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer). For the purposes of this program, the applicant must have a network composition that includes:

  1. at least two rural hospitals or Critical Access Hospitals;
  2. at least one Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or FQHC look-alike;
  3. State Home Visiting and Healthy Start Programs, if regionally available; and
  4. the state Medicaid program.

The applicant organization must be part of an established network that includes at least three separately-owned entities. At least one of these entities must be located in a HRSA-designated rural area.

Please visit to review the RMOMS NOFO and apply.

FORHP will hold an hour-long webinar for applicants HRSA Exit Disclaimer on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET. A recording will be made available for those who cannot attend. Please reference page ii in the NOFO for the dial-in and playback information for the webinar.

For more information about RMOMS, please contact Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Learn more about how HRSA is addressing rural and maternal health care.

Date Last Reviewed:  March 2019