Birthing Hope Virtual Fundraiser

We raised $20,000+ for birthing families!

During our Birthing Hope Virtual Fundraiser on June 24th, our network of families, advocates, and birthworkers displayed their commitment to birthing hope for Black, Brown, and Indigenous families through support of culturally-reflective doulas, breastfeeding peer counselors, and community health workers.

We are so grateful for all of our sponsors, donors, and supporters who made our virtual fundraiser, Birthing Hope, a huge success!

As new lives are full of hope, so is the promise of the culturally reflective support, knowledge and guidance that HealthConnect programs bring to birthing families. Through all of your support, we can provide sustainable and crucial technical support, training, and advocacy for culturally reflective birthing support for Black, brown, and indigenous mamas, babies, and birthing families.

We presented the Irving Harris Advocacy Award to Dr. Jamila Taylor, Director of Health Care Reform at The Century Foundation.

As we do each year, we hosted the Senator Richard Durbin Community Health Worker Award presented virtually by Senator Durbin to a fantastic community health worker, April Thompson, Community Engagement Coordinator from EverThrive Illinois.

To birth hope is to birth with love, compassion, empathy, affirmation, support and an opportunity to heal.

Brenda Reyes

HealthConnect One is committed to making sure that as doula reimbursement expands, there are community-based, culturally reflective doulas available to the communities who need them most and through the generous donations of our supporters we can continue to develop these programs.

Missed the event? You can rewatch our virtual fundraiser and donate to our work.

Let’s End 2020 Strong! Support Moms and Babies

Dear Friends,

The pandemic continues, and Black, Brown and Indigenous moms, babies and families continue to be impacted at disproportionate levels. COVID-19 has amplified existing racial injustices, health care inequities and trauma in these communities.

Now is the time to invest in Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. Join the heroes who have emerged and are making a difference. People just like you who are committed to racial equity during a national health crisis. People who are committed to hope.

As we talk to birth workers and moms across the country, they speak of their need for support, information, and resources, but they also talk about hope. Tenesha, a birth worker in Georgia, shared:

Moms who attend our virtual baby café vent about the stressors of COVID-19 while trying to maintain their milk supplies and safe pregnancy and their mental states. I’m hopeful that another family has a safe and COVID-19 free pregnancy, delivery and breastfeeding experience, all while keeping their mental sanity and everyday life safe.

Help us birth hope for moms, babies and families in communities devastated by COVID-19 by donating to HealthConnect One today! Your generous donation helps balance the scales for birthing Black, Brown and Indigenous families and the birth workers supporting them.

Donate today, by mail or online at www.healthconnectone.org, and check out our 2020 Annual Report while you are there!

Let’s end 2020 strong! Together, we continue to birth healthier communities during this turbulent time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Twylla Dillion,

Executive Director

P.S. Donate now! Turn your commitment to moms, babies and families into action! Your gift provides programs that save the lives of Black, Brown and Indigenous moms and babies, and the need is urgent!