Jewish Healthcare Foundation Amplifies WIC and Doulas Work
The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) staff presented during the March 16-18 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, co-sponsored by Feeding America and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). JHF Chief Policy Officer Robert Ferguson and Global Health Associate Hanifa Nakiryowa presented on JHF's work with WIC. They highlighted how JHF convened the first-ever Pennsylvania WIC Stakeholders' Collaborative Summit in October, and they shared JHF's Full Court Press policy priorities for WIC. These include supporting the establishment of regional WIC action groups to address region-specific needs.
On March 24, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation joined with the National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section, the Jewish Women's Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to present an event, "Doulas… The More You Know!"
The panel discussion presented information about the role of doulas in improving maternal health outcomes and how they provide critical support to Pittsburgh's moms and families including support for perinatal loss. Panelists included:
Brandy Gentry, Founder and Executive Director of Oli's Angels Birth and Bereavement Services and a certified birth and bereavement doula; Heather Bradley, Director of Pittsburgh Doula Network and Executive Director of Pittsburgh Bereavement Doulas; and Katie Hyre, Project Coordinator at AHN Center for Inclusion Health for immigrant and refugee doula services.
Dr. Tammy Murdock, MD, MMM, OB/GYN at Squirrel Hill Health Center moderated the panel.