HealthConnect One mobilizes diverse stakeholders to build for policies and programs that improve maternal and child health. In that context, we work to strengthen, support, expand, and promote the role of Community Health Workers, including Doulas and Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, across the country.
- HC One advocates for the maintenance and expansion of federal funding for community-based doula programs through our National Community-Based Doula Network.
- HC One advocates for the development and implementation of a collaborative, comprehensive strategy to increase breastfeeding rates and reduce breastfeeding disparities in Illinois, based on data, community forums, and partnership with a wide variety of stakeholders.
- HC One advocates to strengthen, support, expand and promote the role of Community Health Workers, even beyond the realm of maternal and child health.
- HC One advocates for birthing families to be presented with their umbilical cord blood options, through our Umbilical Cord Blood: Link to Life toolkit and training program and bilingual (Spanish/English) outreach tools.
HC One advocacy involves convening stakeholders, developing messages, supporting families through childbirth, and strengthening communities.