Virtual Meeting Q&A: Growing, Sustaining, and Supporting the Birth Doula Workforce

There has been growing interest in recent years about doula care and its role in addressing racial disparities in maternal health. Over half of the states in the US are currently exploring or in the process of implementing Medicaid coverage for doula care. During this virtual meeting our panel of experts answered audience questions about…

Lack of Consistent Investment in Federal Insurance Navigator Program Undermines Navigators’ Equity Work in Vulnerable Communities

Navigators in the federal Insurance Navigator Program provide enrollment assistance, outreach, and education to individuals who are eligible for health insurance coverage. Their work is key to public health efforts to address inequities but continues to be poorly understood and undervalued. This article examines the navigator profession to better understand the equity work they do,…

Addressing Systemic Racism in Birth Doula Services to Reduce Health Inequities in the United States

Birth doulas, who support pregnant women during the perinatal period, have positive impacts on pregnancy and birth outcomes, particularly among underserved populations. However, health workforce-related barriers challenge the development of robust doula services in the United States. This article examines various approaches to train, recruit, and employ doulas, as well as what system-level changes are…

Financial Instability of Federal Navigator Program Challenges Organizations to Help Uninsured Enroll in Health Insurance Coverage

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama Administration created the federal Health Insurance Navigator Program, which seeks to reduce the rate of uninsured in the United States. Under this program, navigators help people procure insurance coverage through federally facilitated Marketplaces (or Exchanges). During COVID-19, financial insecurity and substantial budget cuts created increased shortages and…

Health Workforce Challenges Impact the Development of Robust Doula Services for Underserved and Marginalized Populations in the United States

Research has shown evidence of doulas’ positive impacts on maternal health outcomes, particularly among underserved populations. Such research supports expanding access to doula services. However, health workforce-related barriers challenge the development of robust doula services in the US. This article published in the Journal of Perinatal Education investigates organizations’ barriers regarding training, recruitment, and employment of doulas….

“This Work That We’re Doing Is Bigger Than Ourselves”: A Qualitative Study With Community-Based Doulas in the United States

Community-based doulas provide essential services and expertise which address inequities and systemic gaps in perinatal care. However, as they work to improve perinatal health, doulas themselves are providing equity work amidst an inequitable system and with insufficient political or financial support. Increased compensation and systemic support which acknowledges the breadth of services provided are needed…

The EMS and Community Paramedic Workforces Respond to COVID-19

Emergency medical service (EMS) personnel, including community paramedics (CPs), were at the center of the early medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic and continued to play critical roles throughout the public health emergency. Beginning with the pandemic’s onset in March 2020, these essential health care workers bore the burden of responding to the public’s initial…

UMich BH Test Dec 22 (1st template test)

This is Trish’s test for footer links on 12/22/23. A key goal of health reform in the US is to improve population health through expanded access to health insurance. Demand for high-quality, cost-effective, basic health services is anticipated to grow, particularly for underserved populations. However, there is also growing concern about the impact of health…

The EMS and Community Paramedic Workforces Respond to COVID-19

Emergency medical service (EMS) personnel, including community paramedics (CPs), were at the center of the early medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic and continued to play critical roles throughout the public health emergency. Beginning with the pandemic’s onset in March 2020, these essential health care workers bore the burden of responding to the public’s initial…

Virtual Meeting Q&A: Growing, Sustaining, and Supporting the Birth Doula Workforce

There has been growing interest in recent years about doula care and its role in addressing racial disparities in maternal health. Over half of the states in the US are currently exploring or in the process of implementing Medicaid coverage for doula care. During this virtual meeting our panel of experts answered audience questions about…

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