Doulas Deserve Sustainability

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Date: March 29th | Time: 12:00 PM EST | ZOOM Webinar

Join HealthConnect One as we discuss the launch of the Forecasting and Sustainability Tool for Community Doula Organizations (Doula FAST). Developed by the Rutgers School of Public Health, with support from the Burke Foundation and thought partnership from HealthConnect One and the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey, Doula FAST tracks anticipated program costs and helps organizations plan for sustainability. It can also help doulas and other stakeholders more effectively advocate for equitable reimbursement rates from Medicaid and other insurers.

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Click here to download the Powerpoint slides from the Doulas Deserve Sustainability webinar


Renée Nogales | Burke Foundation

As Senior Program Officer at the Burke Foundation, Renée manages a portfolio of maternal and child health grants, including several that support community doulas. She guides the grantee identification, review, and evaluation processes and partners with leadership to ensure investment in programs and policies that will have the highest impact on New Jersey’s children and families.

Throughout her career, Renée has remained passionate about promoting health, education, and economic equity for children and families in under-resourced communities so that they can thrive. After graduate school, she honed her appreciation for mixed-methods research while at Mathematica Policy Research and contributed to multiple evaluations of early childhood, nutrition, and after-school programs. For over a decade, Renée shepherded the development, implementation, and sustainability of an evidence-based maternal and child home visiting model in the Northeast. As a public health consultant, she led a feasibility study to develop a coordinated intake system for maternal and infant home visiting services in New York City. Prior to joining the Burke Foundation, Renée cultivated strategic partnerships for a national nonprofit that promotes promoting early language development and nurturing interactions between children and their caregivers.

Renée earned an English degree from Haverford College and a master’s degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.


Karen Courtney | Children’s Home Society of New Jersey

Karen Courtney is Chief Operating Officer for The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey (CHSofNJ), where she has served for 11 years. Prior to CHSofNJ, she was Director of Planning for BronxWorks, where she served for 14 years. She holds a Masters in Urban Policy Analysis from the New School and a Bachelors from Wesleyan University.

Twylla Dillion | HealthConnect One

Twylla Dillion is the Executive Director of HealthConnect One, where she has introduced several innovative state and nationwide community-based doula, breastfeeding peer counselor and perinatal community health worker initiatives. She brings 10+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector spanning philanthropy, Medicaid reform, maternal-child health, data analytics, and academia. Dr. Dillion has conducted research on maternal personality and breastfeeding, served as program officer for maternal-child health programs, and worked as a research lead on a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) project focused on collaborating with Black moms better to understand contributors to Black maternal mortality/morbidity and develop strategies. As a Black woman leader, Dr. Dillion is committed to promoting, cultivating, collaborating with, and embodying leadership that is reflective of the Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities often served by the nonprofit sector. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she received her Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy and Outcomes, and St. John Fisher College, where she received her MBA.

Slawa Rokicki | Rutgers School of Public Health

Slawa Rokicki, PhD, is an instructor of health systems and policy in the Rutgers School of Public Health. Her research focuses on improving reproductive, maternal, and child health, both locally and globally. She is particularly interested in the ways in which social and structural determinants of health impact maternal health inequities across the life course and across generations. She received her PhD from Harvard University.

Shonvá Millien | HealthConnect One

Shonvá Millien (she/her) Shonvá Millien (she/her) is a Licensed Practical Nurse, certified full spectrum doula, HIV Counselor, and Project Management Professional. She has over 10 years of experience in nursing as well as extensive case management and community outreach experience. She has worked to build various community programs with a focus on reproductive justice and maternal child health. Shonvá brings a wealth of knowledge from the various fields she has worked in which include nonprofit leadership, government, and managed care. She currently serves as the Director of Project Management for HealthConnect One and is the primary liaison for managed care organizations seeking to build sustainable doula reimbursement models throughout the United States.

In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, cooking and playing with her German Shepard.

Jacqueline Lindsey | Healthy Baby Network

Jacqueline Lindsey is a Licensed Master Social Worker, Certified Lactation Counselor and Doula and is the Program Development Director at the Healthy Baby Network. She has a unique passion for maternal child health and her work is aimed at reducing and eliminating maternal mortality and morbidity rates among Black women. Jacqueline has managed the Community Based Doula Program since January, 2022 and has played a major role in its inception, growth and success. Jacqueline will soon begin facilitating training for Black breastfeeding peer counselors and build a new no-cost breastfeeding program for women of color at Healthy Baby Network.

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