Back in February, we were full speed ahead planning our annual Every Baby Our Baby bash. That was a different world and we’re not looking back. Not being able to be together this year is just the start of what’s different this year.
We can still recognize our leaders and the change they are making happen. And we can still thank those who make it possible for us to continue to advance equitable, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting.
This week we are holding up individuals shaping a new conversation around birth equity, beginning today with HealthConnect One’s Community Health Worker of the Year award. This year instead of recognizing one CHW, we’re recognizing 129 of them… the 129 leaders and mentors of our Birth Equity Leadership Academy in Puerto Rico and more than 25 states.
These leaders have been one factor in making HealthConnect One’s longtime vision of peer support to help women of color have better births part of a larger movement. We celebrate both their impact and the journey each of them took to become the leaders they are.
We’ve collected some of their statements over the years we’ve had the privilege of working with them, and photos of them from the convenings and workshops we’ve held with them. We hope you’ll enjoy watching our presentation of them.
We’re also grateful to sponsors of our virtual Every Baby Our Baby this year: Gold sponsors the Irving Harris Foundation and Perigee Fund; Silver sponsor, Navistar, and Copper sponsors, Mairita Smiltars, Gordon Mayer Communications, and Graceful Fusion Birth Doula Trainings.
Our work to support and train community-based doulas, peer counselors and other community health workers continues. We appreciate you for being here. If you are able to support this work at any level, you can contribute here. Thank you!