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From June 17-20, we hosted a virtual event in which we shared via email and on social media stories from the grassroots and celebrate leadership, including:


  • Recognizing U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill, as the recipient of the Irving Harris Leadership Legacy Award
  • Awarding the U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin Community Health Worker of the Year recognition to  the faculty and leaders of the Birth Equity Leadership Academy — more than 100 women and men making community-based doula, peer counselor and other Community Health Worker programs a reality across the country

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Thank you for watching with us this week

Whether you are an advocate for change for birthing families, community-based doula, peer counselor or other community health worker, in Congress advocating for Black maternal health, a colleague working to change systems and policies,– or just learning about the issue of birth equity — we thank you for viewing our content this week! Together we

Irving Harris Advocacy Award: U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14)

“The disparity in maternal health is] a crisis that has demanded action for decades and is now getting the attention it deserves,” –U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL-14)  quoted by the Wilson Center   The Irving Harris Legacy Award is given to individuals and organizations making an impact on maternal health and birth equity. Though our organization

This is what a leader looks like: U.S. Sen. Durbin’s CHW of the Year Video

Play Video   This pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on African American and Latinx communities, leaving many mothers and babies of color vulnerable…. More than ever, mothers and babies in minority communities need support, and the faculty and leadership of the Birth Equity Leadership Academy have stepped up. Thank you, BELA! –Senator Richard J.

Congratulations, Community Health Worker(s) of the Year

Play Video    Back in February, we were full speed ahead planning our annual Every Baby Our Baby bash. That was a different world and we’re not looking back. Not being able to be together this year is just the start of what’s different this year. We can still recognize our leaders and the

Inspiring birth work during COVID-19 by BELA Leaders

Every Baby Our Baby has been the focus of HealthConnect One’s annual fundraising event for several years. This year we are going virtual with the event and one reason is to hold up the inspiring examples of work by Birth Equity Leadership Academy leaders. They exemplify and help power a growing movement for birth equity.

Why I Give: Esperanza Dodge

  We are grateful to our supporters!  As we prepare for our virtual event in June where we will recognize all of our Birth Equity Leadership Academy faculty and leaders, we wanted to say thank you to everyone who has invested in our work in recent weeks.   One of the first to contribute this past

Loretha’s Story

Congratulations to our CHWs of the Year: Birth Equity Leadership Academy

Be a fundraising champion. Want to do more? Help us raise funds and raise awareness of community-based doula work with your own Network for Good peer-to-peer fundraising page.

Join us for a virtual celebration

Support HealthConnect One now and during our 4-day celebration. 

Be a fundraising champion. Want to do more? Help us raise funds and raise awareness of community-based doula work with your own Network for Good peer-to-peer fundraising page.

Thank you!

Have questions? Contact our team:
  • Development Director Joy Wright by email or at 312-442-2082
  • Communications Manager Diana Pando by email or 312-498-4067
  • Strategic Communications Consultant Gordon Mayer by email or 312-307-0133
  • Intern Olivia Dockery by email