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First Generation of the HEALTH Program Knocks Hill Day Out of the Park 

Publication Date: May 23, 2023

By: NWHN Staff


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On Tuesday, May 23, the Network hosted a virtual hill day for our HEALTH Program grantees to share their legislative priorities with members of the Black Maternal Health Caucus. The Network created the HEALTH Program to build the capacity of grassroots organizations via monetary and technical assistance. During the hill day, we facilitated their engagement in high-impact legislative advocacy and helped them influence policy makers. This expansive conversation covered everything from sex education to conditions for incarcerated pregnant women to indigenous birth practices. The event was a success as many of our grantees were asked by Hill staff to collaborate with their offices in the drafting of Momnibus 2.0. 

Our grantees do phenomenal work in their communities, and we are thrilled they had this opportunity to be heard by policymakers. If you would like to learn more about our grantees, we have included their profiles and relevant links below:


    • Changing Woman Initiative (Albuquerque, New Mexico)Seeks to renew cultural birth knowledge to empower and reclaim indigenous sovereignty of women’s medicine through women’s stories and life ways. Visit their website. ~ Hear from their founder. 
    • Baobab Birth Collective (Birmingham, Alabama)DONA Trained Doulas and Certified Lactation Counselors serving Huntsville, Central Alabama. Visit their website. ~ Hear from Chauntel the Doula. 
    • Oshun Family Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)The core mission of Oshun Family Center is to provide racially concordant care to members of the Black community who are struggling to cope with life transitions. Visit their website.
    • Teen Health Mississippi (Jackson, Mississippi)To ensure that all young people in Mississippi have access to high-quality sex education and youth-friendly healthcare services. Visit their website.  
    • New Voices for Reproductive Justice (Ohio | Pennsylvania)NVRJ is dedicated to transforming society for the holistic health and wellbeing of Black women, girls, and gender-expansive people. Visit their website. ~ Learn about their Black Women Green Future program.



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