Program Specialist Lead: Evaluation and Learning
Sadie Wych, MPH, CLC manages HealthConnect One’s evaluation and data collection, to demonstrate the effectiveness of community-engaged peer support in addressing health disparities and improving birth outcomes. She also facilitates training for community-based doulas, breastfeeding advocates and peer mentors, most recently in collaboration with the Heartland Alliance (Chicago), the Office on Women’s Health, and the Neighborhood Family Practice (Cleveland) – and she presents regularly on how to address disparities in maternal and child health, highlighting the value of breastfeeding support for new moms.
She ushered the Illinois Breastfeeding Blueprint from its idea stage through to publication, collaborating with staff colleagues and community advocates along the way, and she coordinated data analysis for The Perinatal Revolution, supporting the critical role of Community-Based Doula Programs. She also shepherded the publication and distribution of the Hospital Breastfeeding Toolkit, and was responsible for overseeing HealthConnect One’s involvement with Communities Putting Prevention to Work and Chicago’s Healthy Places initiative (2011-2013) working with hospital staff and community advocates taking steps towards Baby-Friendly Hospital status.
Sadie also coordinated HealthConnect One’s 2015 Summit, “Shared Voices for Equity in Birth and Breastfeeding.”
Sadie comes to this role with a background in non-profit program evaluation and corporate marketing, with a track record of developing community partnerships – with the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children and Heartland Health Outreach, among others.
Sadie completed her Master’s in Public Health with a focus in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Now she mentors and manages undergraduate and graduate public health interns.