Board Tools

Thank you for reaching out to your networks! If you do not find the tools, talking points or resources here that resonate with your contacts, please contact Communications Manager RoiAnn Phillips. Let us know what you would like to see.

Do you want a free DVD? We’ll send a free DVD as a thank you for any donation over $30. Just write “A Doula Story” in the dedication field.

A community doula for more than 10 years, Loretha knows that pregnant teens need guidance and education, not judgment or pity. In the face of overwhelming challenges—from absentee fathers and drug addiction to the disparagement of society—a doula reveals how one person can make a difference in the lives of young mothers and their babies.

~ Kindling Group, Director and Producer of “A Doula Story”

Letter of Introduction

Are you reaching out to someone for the first time in your role as a Board Member for HealthConnect One?

Here is a letter template you can personalize.

30th Anniversary Gala

Community-Based Doulas Learn about their impact on high-risk communities across the U.S.

The impacts of HC One and the community-based doula model are transformative. Being with a woman as she transitions into a mother and demonstrating that you care for her as she cares for her baby, is the greatest gift we can give new parents. Supporting and modeling to community members how to share their gifts through love and advocacy to build a stronger community is the greatest contribution we can make to each other. There is no greater work in our communities than building stronger families and advocating for the health and wellness of the youngest members, and that is exactly what is impressive about HC One.

Cheryl Hunter
Author of Understanding Doulas and Childbirth: Women, Love, and Advocacy, New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Healthy births are the cornerstone of a healthy community. Our society will do well, only when our children are healthy and thriving, starting at birth.

HealthConnect One transforms how babies are born and cared for in their crucial first few months of life. We collaborate with low-income communities and communities of color across the country to ensure support for the most vulnerable families in every part of their lives from the hospital to the workplace.

HealthConnect One believes every baby, mother and family has the right to thrive and reach their highest potential — including parents and families from every race, income and background. Because mothers and children in low-income and communities of color face significant health disparities, we partner with people, organizations and institutions in these communities to remove barriers around the time of birth.

Join us.

Rocio Martinez, the 2015 winner of HealthConnect One’s Durbin CHW of the Year Award, is an amazing Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, working tirelessly to support new mothers in her Chicago community, including mothers with special needs and premature babies.

Ms. Martinez is an advocate for breastfeeding in the Latina community and her rates for helping women successfully breastfeed are exceptional. Trained as a peer counselor 20+ years ago by HealthConnect One, she has been on Spanish-speaking television and radio as a breastfeeding expert. She helps guide moms to a place of strength so they may speak up for their babies and the quality of care they receive.

Rocio is someone who goes above and beyond, who is proof that this work is not a job but a passion, a calling.

Video by Nic Lama.