HC One Hiring Development Associate

About the Role

Reporting directly to the Development Director, the Development Associate supports the Development Director and other team members in securing multi-revenue streams to support HealthConnect One’s (HC One’s) mission. The Development Associate manages donor data, including mailing lists, donation processing, acknowledgment letters and emails, optimizes the use of the agency database, and enhances relationships with individual, corporate and foundation donors.

Duties include event planning, assisting with marketing, social media and other outreach strategies, drafting proposals, managing the development calendar, and researching and identifying funding opportunities. The ideal candidate possesses excellent networking and communication skills, exceptional problem solving and time management abilities, and the ability to enhance efficiency of development functions.

The successful candidate will be a strong problem-solver, be detail-oriented with above-average organizational and project management skills and maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. They and will work well within a team environment as well as be self-motivated to work from home with little supervision.

The Development Associate must be creative and enjoy working within a small, entrepreneurial environment that is mission-driven, results-driven, and community-centered. Dedication to anti-racism and maternal child health (MCH) equity a must, though a background in MCH is not required.

Detailed Description of Duties and Responsibilities:

Tasks

  • Drafts and edits various documents including internal/external correspondence.
  • Communicates and coordinates with outside parties including corporations, non-profit organizations, foundations, sub-grant recipients, state funding sources and individual donors.
  • Demonstrates an ability to interact with persons of all backgrounds, cultures and affiliations within all levels of government, business, non-profit organizations, or communities at both a formal and informal level.
  • Creates and maintains development management tools and protocols in both Asana and EveryAction.
  • Communicates with staff to ensure that foundation deliverables are met; tracks organizational outputs for reports and communications.
  • Maintains process and documentation for request, tracking, and approving changes to project scope, deliverables, and/or timeline by leadership.
  • Coordinates, builds, and ensures fundraising and ambassador roles of Associate Board.
  • Engages in grant prospecting, writing, management, and reporting.
  • Assists with the development of appeals and campaigns (copy and/or design).
  • Creates case statements and project templates for use in fundraising.
  • Assists in strategies for new donor acquisition.
  • Manages of the contact management system, EveryAction.
  • Completes thank you letters, donor emails, and other donor communications.
  • Assists with event planning and execution.
  • Assists strategy, copy and graphics of fundraising marketing, communications, and social media using design and email marketing software.
  • Learns and stays abreast of trends and news in maternal child health, birth equity, and nonprofit fundraising.
  • Will engage an extensive organizing, updating, cleaning, and launching HC One’s contact management system, including organizing the development donor data, mailing and email lists, and program and communications contact data, as well as launching the email, donor landing page, advocacy alert, and grant management features. The Intern will work together with the Development Director and Executive Director in determining system structure, and with other staff, as needed.

Skills and ExperienceApply Today!

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university or 5+ years experience in field.
  • Experience in a fundraising, communications, executive assistant, nonprofit business development, or similar role, 1 – 3+ years.
  • Knowledge of Asana, Salsa/Every Action/Salesforce, Canva, Adobe Creative, Mailchimp preferred. Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, project management software, and database management required.
  • Project management experience.
  • Excellent research, planning, organizational, and computer skills.
  • Strong customer-service orientation.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities while adhering to deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, exercise mature professional judgment, and use discretion.
  • Comfortable in a team-oriented environment based on open, transparent, continual communication, information sharing and inclusive decision-making.
  • Must be open to feedback and professional development.
  • Capable of “managing up” to ensure deadlines are met and priorities kept.
  • Passionate for social justice and alignment with Health Connect One’s mission, culture, and core values.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $40,000.00 – $45,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift

Education:

  • Associate (Preferred)

Experience:

  • Fundraising: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Microsoft Office: 3 years (Preferred)

Work Location:

  • Fully Remote

Typical start time:

  • 9AM

Typical end time:

  • 5PM

This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:

  • Dependable — more reliable than spontaneous
  • People-oriented — enjoys interacting with people and working on group projects
  • Adaptable/flexible — enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction
  • Detail-oriented — would rather focus on the details of work than the bigger picture
  • Autonomous/Independent — enjoys working with little direction

APPLY TODAY!

HC One Supports Postpartum Medicaid Extension in House COVID Bill

Chicago – Last night the House Energy and Commerce Committee released the legislative text for its COVID-19 relief legislation, which includes a provision to support state efforts to extend Medicaid coverage in the postpartum period. 

Dr. Twylla Dillon, HealthConnect One Executive Director, released the following statement in support of this critical provision to the Energy and Commerce Committee Covid-19 Relief Legislation:

“In this critical pandemic moment, long-standing health inequities in birth experiences in Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities put women, birthing people, and babies center stage. These inequities do not only present a public health issue for our communities. Instead, they and other health inequities are alerting us to the inevitable challenges to control COVID-19. We must address inequities in birth, COVID-19, and other health issues. 

“State maternal mortality review committees across the country have identified Medicaid extension in the postpartum period as a foundational policy for addressing our nation’s maternal mortality crisis. If enacted, the postpartum Medicaid extension provision in the COVID-19 relief legislation will be a significant down payment on Congress’ continued efforts to end preventable maternal death and eliminate racial inequities in maternal health outcomes. The postpartum Medicaid policy included in the COVID-19 bill is an important and necessary step towards this goal.” 

The postpartum Medicaid extension provision included in the E&C bill would:

  • Provide an option for states to extend Medicaid coverage to 12 months postpartum, which will streamline state efforts to achieve this policy. We’ll need to continue to advocate for this policy to be mandatory for states with sufficient federal matching funds;
  • Require full Medicaid benefits 
  • Apply to all postpartum individuals with Medicaid coverage regardless of eligibility pathway;
  • Apply to all postpartum individuals with Medicaid coverage regardless of health condition Apply to all postpartum individuals with CHIP coverage in those states that extend coverage to pregnant individuals under CHIP;
  • Not include additional federal matching funds. A significant FMAP bump is something we’ll need to continue to advocate for.
  • Sunset after 5 years. We’ll need to continue to advocate for a permanent policy for Medicaid extension to 12 months postpartum.

HealthConnect One is the national leader in advancing equitable, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting. HealthConnect One is committed to collaborating with Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities to ensure safe and healthy pregnancies and births, thriving babies and families, and successful early parenting and nutrition.

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Kristian Ramos

Autonomy Strategies

Historic legislation introduced on Black Maternal Health

On Monday, February 8, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, Congresswoman Alma Adams, Senator Cory Booker, and the Black Maternal Health Caucus introduced historic legislation to address the maternal health crisis for Black women and birthing people of color.

Call your member of Congress today! Let them know you want them to support birthing families.

When you call your member of Congress, the staff keeps track of the issues people are concerned about to help your member of Congress decide where to focus. When you call, you help your member of Congress by letting them know about important issues and legislation that will make a difference in your community.

Your call makes a difference!

Call your member of Congress today and tell them you need them to support birth justice – the most fundamental of racial justice issues – by supporting the Momnibus.

Here’s how:

Call the Congressional switchboard: (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the office of your member of Congress.

When calling, say that you are a constituent and you want your member of Congress to support the Momnibus.

Here are some talking points:

– Black moms in the US are 3 to 4 times as likely to die from pregnancy-related complications

– The Momnibus includes 12 bills to address the drivers of this crisis and #SaveMoms

– Black moms, women of color, & birthing people in the U.S. should not lose their lives bringing life into the world

– The Momnibus is a historic step forward towards achieving maternal health justice

– We must invest in solutions to save Black moms, women of color, & birthing people in the U.S.

The Momnibus will also support the birth worker community by:

Investing in community-based organizations and diversifying and growing the birth worker community.

Your voice is so important- join us in letting members of Congress know that we need them – now more than ever – to support birthing people, mothers, babies, and families.

With thanks from the HealthConnect One team!

HC One Research Advisory Board

HealthConnect One has engaged a team of researchers from across the nation to be part of our Research Advisory Board (RAB). The RAB is a culturally representative team of researchers working in lactation, maternal-child health, maternal mental health, and racial/birth justice research. Our collaborators are proponents or practitioners of community-based participatory research as our work is rooted in Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. We are thrilled to work with this group as we explore research opportunities, develop evaluation plans for our work and build upon the great work of HealthConnect One. Inaugural members of the RAB include:

Paula A. Alio, PhD, MA, University of Rochester

Ifeyinwa Asiodu, PhD, RN, IBCLC, University of California, San Francisco

Brittany Chambers, PhD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco

Karen Tabb Dina, PhD, University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana

Tyra Gross, PhD, MPH, Xavier University

Cassondra Marshall, DrPH, MPH, Berkeley, University of California

Michele Shade McCay, DrPH, MPH, DePaul University

Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Aunchalee Palmquist, PhD, MA, IBCLC, University of North Carolina

Karie E. Stewart, MPH, MSN, CNM, APRN, University of Chicago

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Honoring Birth Justice Heroes: Looking To The Past As We Chart A New Future

Many active birth justice heroes embody Sankofa, a Ghanaian symbol that represents the importance of looking back to our traditions and culture as we move forward. It is essential that as we work toward birth justice, we bring forward our brilliance and traditions to promote unity, wellness and health in our Black community and innovate toward a brighter future.

In the last year, the needs of moms and babies in the Black community have been increasingly overshadowed by the pandemic, racial tension and the associated fallout. Birth justice leaders have persisted and adapted their work despite the challenges, leaning in, advocating with and supporting moms, babies, families and communities. We will proudly honor the work being done by partners and collaborators in the Black community to promote birth justice throughout the month and the year, because the greatness, progress and innovation of the Black community must be celebrated each day, not just in February.

We have begun our planning for our W.K. Kellogg First Food Equity Program, where we will facilitate positive change to ensure culturally reflective breastfeeding support in 20 locations across the US.

HealthConnect One is working to rebuild community health by partnering and collaborating with Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities that experience the greatest inequity in the current system. As our country grapples with pandemic-related challenges and the movement toward racial and social justice, the time is now to support and advance outcomes that build healthy communities. 

HealthConnect One is the national leader in advancing equitable, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting. HealthConnect One is committed to collaborating with Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities to ensure safe and healthy pregnancies and births, thriving babies and families, and successful early parenting and nutrition.

President Biden Now Is the Time To Invest In The Health Care of All Mothers

PRESS CONTACT: Kristian Ramos,Kristian@autonomy-strategies.com

Chicago – To commemorate the inauguration of President Joe Biden, HealthConnect One Executive Director Dr. Twylla Dillion released the following statement: 

“Our nation is not perfect; it is “unfinished,” as Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman beautifully described in her poem, stating that “catastrophe cannot prevail over us.” The centering of youth in today’s inauguration helped drive home the hope of America. I am joyful at the prospect that this centering will remain during this President Biden’s term and beyond if we are to see the changes necessary for birth equity.

President Joe Biden has pledged to build our country back better than before, to heal the bitter divides that have rocked our country over the past four years. To achieve both of these goals, the President must invest in building stronger communities by investing in mothers. 

To see Vice President Kamala Harris sworn in had a personal resonance with me as a child of Jamaican immigrants raised by a single mother. To see her enter this role as the first Black, Asian, and woman VP is incredibly inspirational and crucial for our nation’s healing. As HealthConnect One’s  leader, I am hopeful that the Momnibus Act that she sponsored as a senator passes in this new administration.

HealthConnect One is working to rebuild community health by partnering and collaborating with Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities that experience the greatest inequity in the current health care system to create a stronger country. 

As our country grapples with pandemic-related challenges and the movement toward racial and social justice, the time is now to support and advance outcomes that build healthy communities.  

Together, we can rebuild a system that supports healthy communities today and for future generations.  Through advocacy, coaching, training, technical assistance, and program development services, we are improving maternal-child health outcomes and rebuilding healthy communities. We look forward to working with President Biden and his administration on the critical work ahead.” 

HealthConnect One is the national leader in advancing equitable, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting. HealthConnect One is committed to collaborating with Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities to ensure safe and healthy pregnancies and births, thriving babies and families, and successful early parenting and nutrition.

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Racial Equity for All Moms, Babies and Families

It was a warm day in August 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his powerful “I Have A Dream” speech to a peaceful crowd of marchers at the Lincoln Memorial. “I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”

Now more than ever, Dr. King’s dream resonates with families across the nation. It comes at a turbulent time when Black, Brown, and Indigenous families are devastated by Covid-19, racial tensions, and the aftermath of an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Today, we look to Dr. King’s legacy for answers to these pressing issues because his life is a lesson of hope for all of us. Dr. King’s words and acts of nonviolent resistance like grassroots organizing and protests demonstrate the power of social change.  We must continue this legacy with vitality and commitment to dismantling racism and the systems that uphold it.

Dr. King’s example and leadership are important for HealthConnect One as we continue to fight for racial equity. We do this through co-developed peer-to-peer programs that decrease maternal and infant mortality and increase bonding, breastfeeding, maternal support networks, and early learning for infants. Our vision is to see every Black, Brown, and Indigenous mom, baby, and family thrive in a healthy community.

As we continue to work towards a collective “American dream,” we encourage you to be intentional each day in centering and lifting Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities who are struggling while “dreaming of the day they can live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but the content of their character.”

Protect Democracy for Moms, Babies and Families

Shirley Chilsom once said, “unless we start to fight and defeat the enemies in our own country, poverty, and racism, and make our talk of equality and opportunity ring true, we are exposed in the eyes of the world as hypocrites when we talk about making people free.”

All these years later, America is still combating poverty, racism, and we are still fighting for decency.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the insurrection that took place in our nation’s capital over the certification of our election results. Make no mistake, the world watched the chaos in the capital.

This assault on our democracy is sending the wrong message.  

We should be celebrating the election of Rev. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock for his historic win, becoming the first Black senator from Georgia. 

We should be congratulating US Senator-elect Jon Ossoff on his election. 

Both Warnock and Ossoff support the Affordable Care Act, which is critical to healthy births in the Black, Brown and Indigenous communities where HealthConnect One co-develops programs with community members and organizations. Both Warnock and Ossoff uphold women’s rights, particularly their pro-choice position aligns with our position on bodily autonomy at HealthConnect One. 

Despite the violence that took place in D.C., I encourage those of us who are intent on improving the lives and health of Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities to be proud of what we can accomplish when we work collectively. We should be invigorated and bolder than ever before to work for what is just and right in a nation where freedom is considered a central tenet.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Twylla Dillion
Executive Director

HealthConnect One Fought For Maternal Health During Covid-19 Pandemic

Chicago: Now, more than ever, Black, Brown and Indigenous birthing families need support as COVID-19 and job loss disproportionately impact communities of color. To give voice to these challenges, HealthConnect One has fought to help these communities with briefings, working groups, and virtual training sessions. 

 “In this critical moment, pregnant women and babies are center stage, as their health outcomes are indicators of national, state, and community health,” said Dr. Dillion, HC One Executive Director. “We must ensure that the foundation of life, the first 1,000 days, is healthy. We are proud of all we have accomplished this year and look forward to doing even more in the year to come.”

2020 Year In Review Accomplishments

We Helped Train: 

  • 2,299 birth workers across the country, providing training including our community-based doula training and technical assistance for the African American Breastfeeding Network in Milwaukee, WI, and a birth doula training for SisterWeb in San Francisco, CA.
  • We held virtual training of trainers for community-based doula replication 
    • Milwaukee Health Department 
    • Baxter Community Center 
    • ChildServe

We Rang The Alarm

  • On the devastating effects of COVID-19 on maternal health in communities of color 

“Birthing Families Need Your Support” – read the report here.

“Maternal Health In Puerto Rico During COVID-19” – read the report here.

  • On the devastating effects of COVID-19 on maternal health in communities of color 
  • “Birthing Families Need Your Support” – read the report here.
  • “Maternal Health In Puerto Rico During COVID-19” – read the report here.

We Participated In Workgroups On: 

  • Rural Obstetrics Readiness 
  • Rapid Response Virtual Home Visiting 
  • Collaborative on Child Homelessness IL 
  • AMCHP Preterm Birth Prevention 

HealthConnect One is the national leader in advancing equitable, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting. HealthConnect One is committed to collaborating with Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities to ensure safe and healthy pregnancies and births, thriving babies and families, and successful early parenting and nutrition.