HealthConnect One Fought For Maternal Health During Covid-19 Pandemic

Chicago: Now, more than ever, Black, Brown and Indigenous birthing families need support as COVID-19 and job loss disproportionately impact communities of color. To give voice to these challenges, HealthConnect One has fought to help these communities with briefings, working groups, and virtual training sessions. 

 “In this critical moment, pregnant women and babies are center stage, as their health outcomes are indicators of national, state, and community health,” said Dr. Dillion, HC One Executive Director. “We must ensure that the foundation of life, the first 1,000 days, is healthy. We are proud of all we have accomplished this year and look forward to doing even more in the year to come.”

2020 Year In Review Accomplishments

We Helped Train: 

  • 2,299 birth workers across the country, providing training including our community-based doula training and technical assistance for the African American Breastfeeding Network in Milwaukee, WI, and a birth doula training for SisterWeb in San Francisco, CA.
  • We held virtual training of trainers for community-based doula replication 
    • Milwaukee Health Department 
    • Baxter Community Center 
    • ChildServe

We Rang The Alarm

  • On the devastating effects of COVID-19 on maternal health in communities of color 

“Birthing Families Need Your Support” – read the report here.

“Maternal Health In Puerto Rico During COVID-19” – read the report here.

  • On the devastating effects of COVID-19 on maternal health in communities of color 
  • “Birthing Families Need Your Support” – read the report here.
  • “Maternal Health In Puerto Rico During COVID-19” – read the report here.

We Participated In Workgroups On: 

  • Rural Obstetrics Readiness 
  • Rapid Response Virtual Home Visiting 
  • Collaborative on Child Homelessness IL 
  • AMCHP Preterm Birth Prevention 

HealthConnect One is the national leader in advancing equitable, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting. HealthConnect One is committed to collaborating with Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities to ensure safe and healthy pregnancies and births, thriving babies and families, and successful early parenting and nutrition.

HealthConnect One Annual Report 2020

HealthConnect One is proud to release our annual report Birthing Hope During Turbulent Times. Despite the pandemic, HealthConnect One continues to partner with Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities to develop peer-to-peer programs that decrease maternal and infant mortality and increase bonding, breastfeeding, maternal support networks and early learning for infants.

 “In this critical moment, women, birthing people, and babies are center stage, as their health outcomes are indicators of national, state and community health,” said Dr. Dillion, HC One Executive Director. “We must ensure that the foundation of life, the first 1,000 days, is healthy.”

This year, we impacted 2,299 birth workers across the country, providing trainings like our community-based doula replication for the African American Breastfeeding Network in Milwaukee, WI, and a birth doula training for SisterWeb in San Francisco, CA.

Learn more about how we impacted moms, babies and families. Download our annual report here.

Your Vote Matters To Birthing Families

Dear friends,

This year has been a challenging experience for us all, as fear of COVID-19 infection, homeschooling, social isolation and economic upheaval changed our lives.

On November 3, we have an opportunity to decide who will lead our nation as we navigate a pandemic. It’s not just a presidential election, there are various candidates and issues on the ballot in November that will impact how decisions are made for our birthing families.

Here’s how you can take action! 

1. Start by making sure you are registered to vote.

2. If you are not yet registered, there is still time! Register online before October 18.

3. You can vote by mail by October 15. You can find out what options are available for voting in your state.

4. Are you a first time voter? Here’s a handy checklist with everything you need to cast your vote.

5. Speak to your family and friends to make sure they have all the information they need to make their voice heard at the ballot!

Your voice and your vote matter! Thank you for lending your voice and advocacy in support of birthing families!

The HealthConnect One Team