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Op-ed: Why We Need a Black Breastfeeding Week

August is National Breastfeeding Month, and in the U.S., there’s also a time to commemorate and uplift Black Breastfeeding Week during the last week of the month. As with many similar commemorations, some might question the need for a separate event based on race. All babies can benefit from breastfeeding. Why the need for Black Breastfeeding Week? […]

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Congress, We Need Permanent Maternal Health Aid

Our country’s maternal health crisis is an active policy choice – one that enables entirely preventable deaths of our nation’s mamas, birthing people, and infants. Lawmakers need to include measures tackling maternal health disparities in the upcoming reconciliation package. Earlier this week, HealthConnect One joined 200+ groups and organizations pressing congress to make maternal health […]

Lactation Across Borders

National Breastfeeding Month | Roundtable Discussion   Date: August 30th | Time: 2:00 PM EST | ZOOM Webinar The declining health status of immigrant groups through generations is varied and complex, as are the breastfeeding practices and available support across communities. To close out National Breastfeeding Month, HealthConnect One is hosting a roundtable discussion on […]

Announcing the First Food Equity Project

Diversifying the breastfeeding lactation support workforce will reduce breastfeeding disparities among BIPOC communities. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // July 30, 2021 Chicago, Illinois — Through $1.2 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, HealthConnect One will increase access to community-based peer-to-peer breastfeeding support, critical to increasing breastfeeding rates and driving down infant mortality rates in Black, Brown, and Indigenous […]

We’re Hiring for two Coordinator Positions

Our team is growing and we are hiring for two new positions! We are seeking individuals with passion/and or experience working on birth/reproductive justice or issues related to racial justice or other complex issues in a social justice context. Business Development Coordinator – CLOSED Position: Trainer/Business Development CoordinatorReports To: Director of Business Development and ExpansionCategory: […]

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, […]

COVID-19 Vaccines & Pregnancy/Lactation

COVID-19 continues to affect Black, brown and indigenous people disproportionately. Mistrust of the medical system, misinformation about the virus, and poor COVID-19 management, make it unsurprising that our communities have less trust in the vaccine.  The only way to fight this virus and save our communities is by providing pregnant people and parenting families with […]

We Mourn and Stand In Solidarity With AAPI Community

We are deeply saddened by the violence in Georgia that has taken eight lives, six of whom were Asian American women. We mourn with the families of these victims.  We are horrified and continue to be concerned for the safety of our Asian American community members as violence towards this community continues to grow. As an […]

Doulas and Postpartum Home Visits May be Covered Under Medicaid in New Illinois Proposal

On Friday, the Illinois legislature will start discussing a new bill that would allow doulas to be covered under Medicaid. The bill It would cover weekly prenatal doula services, labor and delivery and doula services up to a year after birth. Dr. Twylla Dillon, HealthConnect, One Executive Director, released the following statement in support of […]

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 […]