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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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!

Home Visiting Yearbook 2020

HealthConnect One is excited to be featured in the 2020 Home Visiting Yearbook by The National Home Visiting Resource Center (NHVRC). The yearbook is a nationwide and state-by-state look at early childhood home visiting. The publication presents 2019 data from evidence-based and emerging home visiting models and from state agencies to highlight the following:

-Where programs operate, the families they serve, and the families who could benefit but are not being reached

-State, tribal, and model profiles

-Services delivered by state awardees of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV)

NHVRC is also offering a downloadable file of key home visiting service data. Visit nhvrc.org to browse these and other resources and to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the data collection process.

You can download the HealthConnect One profile here….

You can download the full Home Visiting Yearbook here…