- Posted by: Diana Pando
Hello, I’m Olivia, the new HealthConnect One Communications Intern.
I am a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) School of Public Health. Much of my passion and studies are centered around reproductive justice. Reproductive justice is a holistic framework that supports moms and families to lead and live healthy reproductive lives.
The success of the community-based support that HealthConnect One offers is a testimony to why we need to achieve reproductive justice for all. Working towards birth equity involves lifting up our community and centering those most impacted. I am so excited to be working with an organization that honors community-based care.
Doula support and breastfeeding education can save the lives of moms and babies! Infants and moms of color are dying at alarmingly higher rates than their white counterparts. Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die due to pregnancy-related causes than white women.
These disparities fuel my desire for achieving birth equity. Birth should not be a death sentence for our communities. We all deserve to thrive in our reproductive lives without fear. Standing in our power and caring for one another has a profound impact on our health.
During my time interning at HealthConnect One, I hope to learn and get to know our community. Some of my work will include sharing interesting blog posts highlighting the importance of community-based support for moms, babies, and families; create innovative informational graphics to encourage peer-to-peer health literacy exchanges and expand our network to create stronger communities. Stay tuned for updates!