The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN), based in Washington, D.C., launched the Health Equity & Access Leadership Training Hub (The HEALTH Program) in 2023. The HEALTH Program is a six-month curriculum designed to empower community reproductive justice organizations so that these groups can better:
- Address health inequities that disproportionately impact marginalized communities
- Advance reproductive justice priorities in federal legislation and rulemaking
- Expand health care access through policy and advocacy
- Improve health outcomes for women across the life continuum
Read on to learn more about the 2024 HEALTH Program Cohort. These organizations will each be granted $15,000 in unrestricted funds from the Network. They will also be trained by our expert team in policy & advocacy over the next six months, culminating in a lobby day on Capitol Hill.
Angels Protection Inc.
Founded in 2020, Angels Protection Inc. is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit with a resolute mission to advance health equity for mothers and their children, young women, and families between the ages of thirteen through twenty. They enhance the well-being of families by providing vital wraparound services such as pre and post-natal clinics, parenting workshops, mental health and substance abuse counseling, residential treatment, and housing security help.
Birth in Color
Since their founding in 2018, Birth in Color has been on a mission to bring cultural inclusivity to the forefront of maternal health narratives. Through community events, workshops, and steadfast policy efforts, they’re working to redefine what maternal health means for families of color. From expert birth workers for pregnant families to racial bias training for health care professionals, they strive to offer comprehensive services and initiatives that speak to their vision of a more inclusive and safe tomorrow.
Right By You
Right By You supports Missourians in making autonomous decisions about their reproductive health care. They support all ages, and have special expertise in helping people under age 18 understand their legal rights and the services available to them. They operate an anonymous, confidential text line staffed by volunteers who help texters navigate the reproductive health landscape in Missouri and surrounding states, including helping Missourians access abortion care, contraception, and respectful birth care. They distribute free emergency contraception through pickup locations in Columbia, Missouri with expansion to new cities planned in 2024. Right By You co-created and co-manages the Abortion Help MO public information campaign and the new RJ By You youth reproductive justice micro-grant program.
Trinity Wellness’s mission is to provide high-quality, accessible maternal education and support. They provide maternal health education, support, screening, and postpartum concierge services. Their goal is to decrease racial disparity in maternal health and reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in the State of Maryland and nationwide.
Wellness Para La Mama
Wellness Para La Mama’s vision is to provide Latina mothers therapy, support, education, and resources in their maternal mental and emotional health journey. WPLM’s mantra is a healthy mama is a healthy family. This stems from the belief that if a mother is taken care of and supported she will be a healthier mother to her children. Wellness Para La Mama empowers mothers to own their voice, be in control of what they want their motherhood journey to look like and to be their biggest advocates. Mothers heal and grow into better versions of themselves while knowing the value within them. WPLM bridges the current gaps that exists between education and services in the community. It connects mothers with proper resources in the community, referrals, includes family members to extend the support for mothers and offers services at no or low cost.