Fire, Glass, Art and Relationships
“The connections we form with each other throughout our lives have always been fascinating to me. I choose to celebrate our human relationships in my art because I feel like we can better understand ourselves and our own place in the world through these interactions,” says Pearl, the glassblowing artist for HealthConnect One’s “Fired Up!” fundraiser.
- May 15, 2015
#MapYourJourney . . . RoiAnn
I am involved with respectful, community-based, peer-to-peer support during pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting because, as the daughter of a mom who struggled with depression during all my growing-up years, I know deep in my bones how much moms need support. Moms need to be heard, accepted, and met where they are. I became
- December 27, 2014
#MapYourJourney … Brenda
I was born in the beautiful pueblo of Cuitzeo, Michoacán, Mexico. My parents brought me to Chicago at the age of 7 months and raised me where I live now, in the Pilsen neighborhood. I attended my neighborhood schools — Cooper Dual Language Academy, Jose Clemente Orozco — graduated from Benito Juarez High School, and obtained
- December 19, 2014
#MapYourJourney … Cindy
When I was pregnant, my mother bought me a baby book. It was filled with so many milestones – First tooth! First smile! First bath! First word! My son was born in May 2013 and I have diligently filled out this baby book – capturing his journey in this world and my journey as a
- December 11, 2014
#MapYourJourney . . . Lucy
Every mom and baby needs precisely what HealthConnect One delivers: respectful, peer-to-peer support that surrounds and empowers moms on the journey from pregnancy through early parenting. I was supported by a remarkable “village” of friends and family who taught me, encouraged me and laughed with me when I became a mom. From preparing the nursery,
- December 2, 2014
#MapYourJourney . . . Gil
In October 2013, I started my journey with HealthConnect One. Also in that month, I received a phone call from my sister Cristina to tell me that she was pregnant. This was amazing since our younger sister, Monica had announced that she was pregnant a couple of months before. I was going to be an uncle,
Senator Durbin presents . . .
Racial Justice, Difference, and the Peer-to-Peer Model
by Rachel Abramson, Executive Director of HealthConnect One I am a child of the sixties, and a Jew who takes seriously the prophetic challenge to pursue justice. But my connection to the struggle for racial justice has become more personal for me through my work in health care and in public health. In the mid-1980’s,
Wordless Wednesday: Babies and Doulas on Capitol Hill
Working Toward Racial Justice in Birth: Breaking Silence
By Hanifah Rios This guest post is the third in a series leading up to HealthConnect One’s National Action Summit, “Racial Justice or Just Us? in Birth and Breastfeeding,” intended to encourage open, thoughtful dialogue about finding or not finding, working or not working towards racial justice during the vulnerable time of birth and breastfeeding.