Birth Equity Leadership Academy (BELA) – Public Meetings and Webinars

Past BELA Webinar Recordings

Demystifying the IBCLC Requirements

Presented by Saray Hill from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), on April 15, 2019. Thank you to Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) for collaborating to offer this webinar.

Grant Writing and Funding

Presented by Dalvery Blackwell, IBCLC, Executive Director and Co-founder of the African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN) and Molly Chappell-McPhail, LMSW, CD (DONA), Executive Director of BirthMatters, on 03/06/2019

Want More Impact? Make Strategic Communications Your BFF

Presented by Naomi Abraham and Debayani Kar, Communications/story strategists and co-founders of Resonance, on 2/13/2019

2018 Latina Maternal and Child Health Review

Presented by BELA Mentor Diana Derige, DrPh, Urban Strategies’ National Director for Health Initiatives, on 11/7/2018

Using Community Organizing & Culturally Responsive Evaluation as Collaborative Tools for Change

Presented by BELA Evaluation Consultant Nicole Clark on 10/03/2018

Making Social Media Work for You

Presented by BELA Mentor Shayla Lawrence on 8/29/2018

BELA Stories

BELA Retreat Photo Gallery

Thank you to everyone who attended the Birth Equity Leadership Academy Retreat in New Orleans. We hope you learned a lot from our facilitators and each other. We look forward to continue to support the important birth equity work you are doing in your communities.

Building for Birth Equity: Lessons from the Field

HealthConnect One (HC One) launched the Birth Equity Leadership Academy (BELA) in the spring of 2017, to develop effective and authentic leadership on maternal and child health within communities that are often marginalized, and to amplify the voices of these leaders through a coordinated national network. BELA is the first national network focused on birth

ROBE: Teaching Fathers To Support Breastfeeding In Their Families

  Thank you to Wesley Bugg, for taking the time this Father’s Day to share about the organization he founded, called Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere (ROBE). What is the goal of ROBE? The goal of Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere is to provide men with culturally appropriate information and resources that allow them to more fully

Interview with Esperanza Dodge, Durbin CHW Awardee & Operations Director of Young Women United

  Birth Work in New Mexico Sometimes, we don’t know all the birth options that are available to us and even if we do, they aren’t always accessible. It’s pretty cool that here In New Mexico, Medicaid covers home births and freestanding birth center births with a licensed midwife. It’s such a great option for

BELA Leader Reflection By Tyra Gross, PhD, MPH

This month, BELA leader Tyra T. Gross, PhD, MPH, shares with us how HC One’s Birth Equity and Leadership Academy (BELA) has impacted her as a researcher and advocate. “I was attracted to BELA first because I trust and admire the community work that HealthConnect One does and secondly because of the opportunity to have

Supporting My Community as a CLC