Key Findings with Spatial Access to Hospital-based Obstetric Units in Minoritized Racial/Ethnic Areas

Among key findings from the Rural and Minority Health Research Center: In rural ZIP code tabulation areas (ZCTA) with high proportions of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) residents, 80% had no hospital-based obstetric unit within 15 miles, and approximately one-third of rural ZCTAs with highly represented Hispanic/Latino populations have no obstetric care within 30 miles.  Results suggest that Black-White maternal health disparities might be independent of distances to a hospital obstetric unit at the community level and instead associated with the social determinants of health.