This webinar is part of AMCHP’s Pathways to Sustainability webinar series featuring Safer Childbirth Cities (SCC) Grantees. Register for the whole webinar series.
AMCHP’s Giannina Ong and Salomé Araya will introduce the Safer Childbirth Cities Sustainability Grant Program, which provides targeted, goal-based funding to overcome sustainability obstacles faced by grantees (individually, in groups, or collectively). Multiple Safer Childbirth Cities grantees expressed that extensive requirements to apply for and receive grants from federal or private sources have been barriers to successfully attaining financial support, especially for the community-based programs that have less capacity and staff. In administering this grant program, AMCHP created an equitable contracting and financial reporting process that minimizes unnecessary burden on the grantees while supporting and actively assisting community-based organizations in paving a pathway to sustainability.
Our first grantee presentation will feature Tulsa Birth Equity Initiative’s (TBEI) Shamika Antwine-Boone, Program Project Manager, and Martyne Farris, Curriculum and Training Manager. TBEI is a community-based organization with a mission to help families in Tulsa to have healthy births with dignity and to reduce maternal health disparities through free community-based doula (CBD) support and training. Their CBDs are non-medical professionals who assist Black, Native, teen, and justice-involved individuals with emotional, physical and informational support through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and early parenting. The TBEI team will discuss what it means to keep community-based doulas sustained in their work and their professional development, and dive into the continuing education program they have developed.