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CHAP + Princeton: Advancing Birth Equity
Nearly every Monday and Tuesday this winter and early spring, CHAP Co-Directors Raquel Mazon Jeffers, Wendy McWeeny, and Program Manager Jhenielle Reynolds could be found on the campus of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) introducing undergraduate students to the maternal mortality crisis in New Jersey. In addition to studying the conditions...
AMCHP: Sharing Strategies for State-Level Partnerships
On Sunday, April 14th, as part of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) annual conference, CHAP Co-Directors Raquel Mazon Jeffers and Wendy McWeeny hosted a conversation focused on improving maternal and child health outcomes through partnerships between state agencies and private philanthropy. More than 50 state officials from across the country participated...
MEDICAID ISSUE BRIEF: Postpartum Medicaid Implementation
Together with our partners at Pritzker Children’s Initiative and Merck for Mothers, CHAP is pleased to share a new issue brief: Postpartum Medicaid Implementation. Detailing the current state of postpartum Medicaid extensions—to date, 45 states have expanded coverage, the brief focuses on recommendations for how funders can support the success and implementation of the 12-month...
Maternal Mental Health Equity Fund Announces Grant Recipients
As founding members of the Maternal Mental Health Equity Fund, CHAP is honored to announce the recipients of a new grant designed to fund models of maternal mental health care built in and by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. The seven selected organizations will each receive $75,000 per year for three years....
CHAP Newsletter: 2023 Reflections & Updates
December 2023
As 2023 comes to a close, we want to thank you for your guidance, inspiration, and collaboration. Our commitment to rethinking philanthropy in support of systems-driven, community-based care has only grown this year, and we will continue to champion organizations, programs, and policies focused on birth equity and community health workforces in 2024. For more...
Maternal Mental Health Equity Fund Launches RFP
November 2023
In 2021, mental health was the leading preventable cause of maternal mortality, with maternal mental health—which can include anxiety, depression, mood disorders, psychosis, substance use disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder—affecting one in seven birthing women, and nearly one in four new mothers of color experiencing postpartum depression. However, most pregnant and parenting people of color...
2023 Birth Equity Funders Landscape Report Now Available
Funders for Birth Justice & Equity (FBJE) has released a new landscape report providing an overview of the state of philanthropic funding for birth equity. The report focuses on who makes up the current landscape of funders, what they are funding, and how they are integrating an equity lens in their practices and approaches. CHAP...
New Report Details Critical Doula and Perinatal Findings from National Learning Series
November 2023
Last month, our partners at Every Mother Counts (EMC) and the Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) released a report detailing the findings from a recent CHAP-funded learning series focused on developing Medicaid benefits for doulas and perinatal community health workers (CHWs). The free program, geared towards Medicaid stakeholders across the country, included an interactive, web-based...
History in the Making
October 2023
CHAP was honored to join our partners at GirlTREK in Montgomery, Alabama, last month to celebrate their purchase of the historic Black Bricklayers Hall, a building that once served as a base for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and as the epicenter of the Montgomery Bus boycott. “The input from our CHAP allies during our...
Let’s unlock opportunities and impact the outcomes for birthing people together.
July 2023
This week in the New York Times, Dr. Veronica Gillispie-Bell calls attention and offers important solutions to the United States’ increasing maternal mortality rates and the inequities embedded within them in her piece More Mothers Are Dying. It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way. In New Jersey, where Black women are nearly seven times more...
All birthing people deserve a system they can trust.
June 2023
Since the news surrounding Tori Bowie’s death broke last week, we’ve been thinking deeply about the ways in which the details of her story exemplify the failures of the current healthcare system when it comes to birthing people, particularly those who are Black and those with a history of mental health issues.
Birth Equity Funders Summit Report Now Available
April 2023
“Maternal morbidity and mortality, preterm birth, and infant mortality rates in the United States are among the worst in the developed world, with rates particularly high among Black and Indigenous people. To date, we’ve seen growing rates of disparities across the U.S., and these are expected to worsen with the reversal of Roe v. Wade....
CHAP Welcomes Jhenielle Reynolds as Program Manager
January 2023
Jhenielle has worked in the public sector, with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and in communities throughout her career. As the founder of BloomMama Birth Services, she assists expectant families in Northern New Jersey as a birth and postpartum doula.   We look forward to learning from Jhenielle’s impressive experience shifting systems while also providing direct services...