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Read about HealthConnect One and our partners' incredible community-based doula and breastfeeding peer counselor programs, which are now in 52 communities in 18 states.


CSI’s Inaugural National First Food Racial Equity Cohort develops pathbreaking vision - The Center for Social Inclusion - June 29, 2016

Community-Based Doula Program Named Health Equity Strategy in Washington State

HealthConnect One statement on recent news out of Washington State - February 23, 2016

Single mom finds purpose in being a doula

WBEZ, in partnership with StoryCorps Chicago - September 18, 2015

Struggling expectant mothers find empowerment with doulas

Missouri State University News - January 20, 2015

WIC Peer Counselors’ Perceptions of Breastfeeding in African American Women with Lower Incomes

[Abstract] – Journal of Human Lactation – December 5, 2014

Indiana strives to reduce infant mortality rate

by Lauren Slavin, Herald Times - November 23, 2014

Spartanburg doula program helps young mothers have healthy babies

by Lynne P. Shackleford, Spartanburg Journal Herald - November 14, 2014

Care Models That Work: Community-Based Doulas

by AMY ROMANO, Maternity Neighborhood - NOV 14, 2014

We Need Doula Care to Achieve Reproductive Justice

by Elizabeth Dawes Gay, RH Reality Check - November 11, 2014

The Perinatal Revolution - white paper on Community-Based Doula Programs

The Perinatal Revolution

Download HealthConnect One's new white paper to learn about the role community-based doulas play in high-risk communities across the U.S.

Press Release - Click here.

Senator Durbin presents HealthConnect One's Community Health Worker of the Year Award:

June 12, 2014

Senator Durbin presents HC One's CHW of the Year Award

Another Obamacare goal: Spend money on prevention, save money on cure [FRONT PAGE]

By Karen Springen, Special to the Chicago Tribune - July 6, 2014

"'The goal is to really shift from treating sick people to keeping our population healthy,' said Rachel Abramson, executive director of HealthConnect One, which has used ACA money to promote breast-feeding and evaluate community-based doula programs."

Racial Justice, Difference, and the Peer-to-Peer Model

By Rachel Abramson, HC One Executive Director

Part of the YWCA "Stand Against Racism" blog carnival - April 25, 2014

"I am a child of the sixties, and a Jew who takes seriously the prophetic challenge to pursue justice. But my connection to the struggle for racial justice has become more personal for me through my work in health care and in public health..."

Gateways to Two Generations: The Potential for Early Childhood Programs and Partnerships to Support Children and Their Parents Together

New Report - released by Ascend at THE ASPEN INSTITUTE - January 2014

"Promising Approaches: Develop strong parent-child relationships early. Doulas provide intensive emotional support through weekly home visits. HealthConnect One provides a community-based doula model currently used or in development in more than 100 communities nationally. Local communities select respected members of their community to receive extensive training in health promotion to provide relationship-driven support for expectant families. Another initiative, in place in Wisconsin’s Rock and Walworth counties, integrates doulas into the Early Head Start program. They accompany mothers on prenatal visits, attend the birth, and continue to provide relationship-based support at least 12 months after the birth. They also encourage the involvement of family members and fathers in the pregnancy, birth, and lives of the mothers and children."  - Page 16


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~ Lizette Pacheco, AAS, CPE, Former Senior Managing Director, Migrant Health Promotion