HealthConnect One is the national leader in advancing respectful, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.

We train and consult. We co-create programs specific to each community, and we build leadership from the ground up.

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  • Building for Birth Equity: Lessons from the Field

    HealthConnect One (HC One) launched the Birth Equity Leadership Academy (BELA) in the spring of 2017, to develop effective and authentic leadership on maternal and child health within communities that are often marginalized, and to amplify the voices of these leaders through a coordinated national network. BELA is the first national network focused on birth

    August 12, 2019
  • Note of Condolences To Families Impacted by Violence This Past Weekend

    HealthConnect One sends its deepest condolences to all of the families and communities impacted by this past weekend’s violent attacks. On Saturday, August 3rd, a young mom was with her two-month old baby buying back-to-school supplies for her children at a Walmart in El Paso, TX. In a targeted attack, a gunman entered and killed

    August 5, 2019
  • Pure CHW Awesomeness in South Carolina

    by Amber Pendergraph, Community-Based Doula with BirthMatters Talk about Pure Awesomeness! I recently had the honor of being grandfathered into a Community Health Worker (CHW) course. The course was followed by a certification exam to become a certified community health worker for South Carolina! The training I attended was facilitated by Julie Smithwick. I thoroughly

    July 2, 2019
  • ROBE: Teaching Fathers To Support Breastfeeding In Their Families

      Thank you to Wesley Bugg, for taking the time this Father’s Day to share about the organization he founded, called Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere (ROBE). What is the goal of ROBE? The goal of Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere is to provide men with culturally appropriate information and resources that allow them to more fully

    June 13, 2019

Why Support HealthConnect One?

HealthConnect One is the only organization with a community-based doula program model that is replicated across the nation. To date, more than 6,000 low-income families have benefitted from services provided by community-based doulas, through replication programs nationwide.

For 30 years, HealthConnect One has focused on collaborative work with grassroots maternal and child health and social service providers. Here are some of the community-based programs we have partnered with, mentored, consulted with and learned from along the way.

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