The first presentation is from Alethia Carr of the Southeast Michigan Perinatal Quality Improvement Coalition (SEMPQIC) where she will be discussing “Project Detroit: Voices for Life,” an initiative of the coalition working to build on existing community assets to foster conditions where Black mothers thrive by empowering Black women to advocate for their health needs and supporting care providers to reach their full potential in providing respectful and equitable care. She will specifically talk about hosting the “State of the Black Family Summit,” a multi-partner event that highlighted the Project Detroit: Voices for Life initiative and outcomes, the workforce development workshop for doulas facilitated in partnership with Black Mothers Breastfeeding, and incentivizing community involvement.
The second presentation is from Tulsa Birth Equity Initiative (TBEI) and SisterWeb (based in San Francisco, CA). TBEI’s Hannah Ralston and SisterWeb’s Alli Cuentos will be discussing their collaborative project to move towards data sustainability. By conducting a data sustainability pilot for the Doula Data Consortium, TBEI was trained to use data collection methods and resources that SisterWeb already uses in order to provide a framework for these partners to expand the data collection system to other doula organizations. 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.