Advocacy & Policy

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HealthConnect One develops and supports policies that promote equitable support for moms, babies and families during pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.  We do this in several ways:

Policy Development

Our most recent policy reports include:

Other reports can be found on this website including here.

Supporting initiatives

In addition we take positions on issues of importance to maternal and child health and educate legislators and regulators at the local, state and federal level on issues related to birth equity, maternal mortality, and perinatal health.  A list of positions we’ve taken is here.

Advocacy and leadership development

HealthConnect One’s Every Baby Our Baby Network is a movement of CHWs, doulas and lactation specialists, skilled in peer-to-peer learning, who can speak with the voice of experience on the need for these services in marginalized communities.


Advocacy News & Resources

Increase power, improve health outcomes, Amani says

  Please click below to view the webinar video from May 28.     “We cannot talk about health disparities without talking about power, and how lack of access to power over the course of one’s life impacts the ability to be healthy,” Jamarah Amani, executive director of Southern Birth Justice, told more than 100

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

Message of Support for Black Communities Against Racism

  HealthConnect One stands in solidarity with Black people against racism in all its forms. We are angry and saddened by the continuing injustices that Black people experience, all of which affect our public health. We will continue to work alongside Black communities, families, and advocates to fight racism and to uplift their health and

Call your Senator today: Tell them to say YES to funding for home visiting

The U.S. House of Representatives just passed a bill that would provide $3 trillion to help and support our families, communities, and businesses in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes a very important provision for home visiting: an additional $100 million in emergency funding that can be used for the care of birthing