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HealthConnect One organizes an army of advocates for MCH and amplifies community voices for birth equity so they are bigger, stronger, and louder
CHICAGO, IL – HealthConnect One of Chicago, Illinois, will amplify the voice of communities of color in maternal and child health/breastfeeding decision-making, by developing effective and authentic community leadership and by organizing a coordinated national network.
The three-year project is funded by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.
At the end of three years of successful work, HealthConnect One will have enriched the conversation around birth in this country and brought the maternal and child health world closer to equitable compensation for community-based doulas and community health workers.
The project will develop grassroots leadership that will impact communities’ capacity to analyze and understand maternal and child health issues. Through HealthConnect One’s Leadership Academy, participants will engage in a ‘story collection’ initiative, sharing their challenges and triumphs so as to amplify diverse voices and change perceptions. HealthConnect One will also partner with communities to conduct field-based innovation for grassroots community organizing.
Cheryl Hunter, Author of Understanding Doulas and Childbirth: Women, Love, and Advocacy, affirms HealthConnect One’s approach by saying, “The impacts of HC One and the community-based doula model are transformative…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.”
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About HealthConnect One
HealthConnect One® transforms how babies are born and cared for in their first months of life. Understanding that community members are the best experts on their families and neighborhoods, HealthConnect One takes a collaborative approach to each program and initiative, partnering with people of color and low-income communities across the country to ensure support for parents and babies in every part of their lives. For more information, visit www.healthconnectone.org.
About the Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work, and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.