Preventable Maternal Deaths Skyrocketed During the Pandemic; Philanthropy Needs to Intervene

Suicide and overdose are the leading causes of death in the first year postpartum, with 100% of these deaths deemed preventable. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are the most common complication of pregnancy and are increasingly recognized as a major contributor to severe maternal morbidity and mortality (1). PMADs include depression, anxiety, psychosis, post-traumatic […]

Insights from the Field: LaKerry, Community Health Worker

The Community Health Workforce provides tremendous and often unseen value to the communities they serve. In this three-part series, CHAP introduces a peer recovery specialist, a community-based doula, and a community health worker, and shares what sets them apart from other healthcare professionals. For the past 14 years, LaKerry has been a community health worker […]

Insights from the Field: Ashli, Doula

The Community Health Workforce provides tremendous and often unseen value to the communities they serve. In this three-part series, CHAP introduces a peer recovery specialist, a community-based doula, and a community health worker, and shares what sets them apart from other healthcare professionals. On any given day, you can find Ashli buzzing around Detroit, meeting […]

Insights from the Field: Angela, Peer Recovery Specialist

The Community Health Workforce provides tremendous and often unseen value to the communities they serve. In this three-part series, CHAP introduces a peer recovery specialist, a community-based doula, and a community health worker, and shares what sets them apart from other healthcare professionals. Things have come full circle for Angela Cicchino. Her work as a […]

What Is the Role of Philanthropy to Help Sustain the Thousands of Newly Employed Community-Based Workers Hired During the Pandemic?

At CHAP we’re working towards a day when all members of the community-based workforce–including community health workers (CHWs), promotores de salud, doulas, and peer support specialists—are supported through sustainable financing. This will require braided public and private funding streams to support long-term employment with a livable wage. Until the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States had […]