Maternal Care Innovation Grants 

Maternal mortality is a serious public health issue in Pennsylvania, with a pregnancy-associated mortality rate of 82 deaths per 100,000 live births. Race, pre-existing health conditions, social determinants of health, and early access to prenatal care have all been linked as contributing factors of poor maternal outcomes. 

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) is operating as the fiscal agent for federal Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Funds provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services in order to reduce maternal mortality, morbidity, and to support new families in Pennsylvania.

Proposals are being sought for innovative maternal care grants which will positively impact maternal health outcomes. Proposals must address the goal of reducing maternal mortality, reducing maternal morbidity, and/or supporting new families in Pennsylvania. Grants may range from infrastructure, information technology, staff, services, materials, etc., so long as applications demonstrate how the grant will benefit pregnant people and/or new families.

As of December 1, 2023, submissions are closed.

Maternal care innovation RFP awardees as of 4/19/24:


Population served



UPMC Magee Women's Hospital

Low-income pregnant people in public housing in Allegheny County

Allegheny County

This funding will support a series of maternal health educational opportunities and screenings directly within low-income housing developments in Allegheny County to pregnant and postpartum people, along with mentors who will provide support and resources to participants regarding the pregnancy and postpartum periods.

The Wright Center for Community Health

Pregnant people affected by OUD/SUD in Wilkes-Barre area

Lackawanna County and Luzerne County

The Healthy MOMS program provides prenatal, perinatal, and postpartum care, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to pregnant people experiencing OUD/SUD. This funding will support integration of handheld ultrasounds devices into primary care appointments for pregnant patients at the Wright Center, in addition to implementation of the Angel Eyes Camera into Neonatal Intensive Care Units at Moses Taylor Hospital/Commonwealth Health and Geisinger Medical Center - Wyoming Valley to support OUD/SUD affected families by providing them with  24/7 connection to their babies, improving bonding experiences and mental health. This program will also expand access to doula care for patients by integrating doulas into home visits and provide related education and support programming.

National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh

High-risk postpartum people in Allegheny County and Pittsburgh


NCJW Pittsburgh's MomsWork program reduces outflow of mothers from the labor force by offering educational programming, networking, a therapeutic support group, and advocacy for new mothers returning to the workforce. Funding will support expansion of services, including hiring additional providers, as well as increasing staff oversight to support the expanded support group, including childcare providers and an additional therapist. NCJW will also secure a larger space to accommodate more participants and purchase additional materials for psychological safety, intimacy, and comfort.

The Midwife Center for Birth and Women's Health

BIPOC birth workers and pregnant people in Allegheny County & Pittsburgh


The Midwife Center will use funding for the expansion of services to new clients by increasing community engagement and collaboration efforts, engaging in reproductive health mentorship, and training additional Student Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners. They will also hire a DEI consultant to support their DEI committee and implement their plan to address workplace culture, diversifying staff and board, and increasing accessibility to services.

MAYA Organization

BIPOC birth workers in Allegheny County & Pittsburgh


This funding will support an assessment of current operations of MAYA Organization in order to reduce racial bias and improve equitable care and programming to better serve BIPOC and marginalized birthing people and birth workers. It will also support the creation of a replicable model, along with a guiding standards of practice document, that other birth care organizations can use to provide racially equitable services.

Hello Neighbor

Pregnant immigrant and refugee families in Allegheny County and surrounding Counties

Allegheny County and surrounding Counties

Hello Neighbor will expand their current services of providing provide culturally tailored and individualized support for refugee and immigrant moms and babies. This will be achieved by expanding reach and capacity through a newly created position, Smart Start Program Coordinator, allowing for remote navigation throughout surrounding counties for virtual support, increasing outbound recruitment, and overseeing case acuity to maintain appropriate levels of case management for case managers.

Mid-Atlantic Mothers' Milk Bank

Pregnant people & health providers across PA


Mid-Atlantic Mothers' Milk Bank will reduce barriers to donor milk access for medically fragile infants by establishing a web-based education center, video content, clinician webinars and conferences, display materials, and awareness campaigns to raise awareness of donor milk and reinforce importance of human milk.

Maternity Care Coalition

Low-income pregnant people

Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, and Lehigh Counties

Maternity Care Coalition will establish a Family Support Fund to benefit low-income pregnant people and new families in Southeastern Pennsylvania by providing direct aid that will act as an economic safety net, reducing stressors, alleviating economic hardship, improving health outcomes, and reducing the risk of maternal morbidity and mortality. They will engage lived experience experts through their Community Advisory Board and the Montco Mamas initiative in the planning phase, pilot the fund in Montgomery County, and then expand to Delaware, Bucks, and Lehigh Counties.

PatientsRWaiting - Diversifying Doulas Initiative

BIPOC birth workers and pregnant people in Lancaster County

Lancaster, Harrisburg, and York

The Diversifying Doulas Initiative aims to improve maternal health outcomes in birthing people of color through doula care in Lancaster County and beyond. PatientsRWaiting will use this funding to train 10 people of color to become doulas in Lancaster, Harrisburg, and York, reducing barriers to entry and diversifying the perinatal workforce. They will implement new weekly classes for pregnant people of color and subsidize doula services for 100 historically marginalized clients.

National Nurse-Led Care Consortium

Low-income pregnant people in Philadelphia


The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium will use this funding to reduce barriers to doula training and related certifications through scholarships that will provide training for 10 graduates of their home visiting programs to become Perinatal Community Health Worker Doulas. NNCC will partner with Maternity Care Coalition to offer trauma-informed, culturally competent trainings within an experiential learning framework. Additionally, it will provide 70 high risk pregnant home visiting clients with doula services.

Maternal and Child Health Consortium

Low-income pregnant people in Chester County

Chester and Montgomery Counties

MCHC will hire a manager and 2 doulas to work with existing Healthy Start home visiting clients at MCHC. Community Health Workers currently provide holistic, trauma-informed care, addressing maternal health challenges, and educating clients about pre and postnatal care. Doulas will assist clients in developing birth plans, creating pregnancy care routines, provide blood pressure and depression screenings, provide referrals to a variety of resources to address social determinants of health, educate about the labor and delivery process, infant care, and self-care, as well as additional on-call support.

Foundation of Delaware County

Pregnant immigrant and refugee families in Delaware County

Delaware County

The Foundation of Delaware County will expand their services by hiring a full time Spanish-speaking social worker to provide intensive case management to pregnant and parenting Spanish speaking immigrants and refugees, identifying and addressing barriers to accessing health and social services. Funds will also support expansion of a resource center that will help clients navigate unfamiliar systems and create opportunities for peer-to-peer support for immigrant families through parent cafes, family dinners, and immigration clinics.

University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and PA Association of Certified Nurse-Midwives

Pregnant people affected by OUD/SUD across PA


This funding will be used for the development of a community-engaged scholarship project and steering committee between University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing academic faculty and midwives from PA Association of Certified Nurse-Midwives to identify barriers to providing care for perinatal Opioid Use Disorder, and for developing implementation strategies to decrease barriers to care.

Once Upon a Preemie, Inc.

Health Providers across PA


Expanding access to training academy statewide by providing 4 e-learning courses free of charge to 100 perinatal and neonatal professionals on implicit bias. A book donation program will provide books, free of charge, to those who complete the e-learning courses. This will equip healthcare professionals to eliminate personal bias, empower families to read to their preemies in the NICU, reduce stress, address maternal mental health, promote parent/child bonding, and improve patient and provider communication.

Lehigh Valley Hospital

Rural pregnant people in Lehigh Valley

Schuylkill, Northampton, Lehigh, and Luzerne Counties

Lehigh Valley Hospital will use this funding to reduce the load of prenatal visits for rural and low-income pregnant people by implementing virtual prenatal care, which includes patient-obtained weight, blood pressure, and fetal heart tone reporting. This will increase prenatal visit adherence, enabling patients to continue care from the convenience of homes or workplaces, avoiding the risks of maternal and neonatal morbidity that can result from insufficient prenatal care.

Beverly's Birthdays

Low-income and homeless pregnant people in Pittsburgh & Allegheny County

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

This funding will support combining services of Beverly's Birthdays, MAYA, and NurturePA in order to connect homeless and low-income pregnant people to resources provided by all organizations. Beverly's Birthdays provides birthday cheer and critical baby care items, like diapers, wipes, safe sleep items, clothing, and more to expectant and new families. MAYA addresses pregnancy and early parenting challenges, particularly those faced by BIPOC and marginalized people, by providing free childbirth education, mentorship, doula care, counseling, and infant care items. NurturePA promotes effective and healthy parenting through an interactive text-messaging platform where parents can engage with trained mentors who provide support and education.


Low-income Latino pregnant people in Montgomery County

Montgomery County

ACLAMO will use funding to support low-income Latinx expectant and new families in Montgomery County by providing three levels of case management, peer support groups, caregiver workshops to increase knowledge of health and wellness, and connecting people to providers supporting a continuum of care for expecting parents.

City of Philadelphia Office of Health and Human Services

Pregnant people in Philadelphia experiencing IPV


The Office of Domestic Violence Strategies within the City of Philadelphia Office of Health and Human Services will use this funding to enhance the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline, serving as the foundation of a warm handoff referral system. Additionally, they will facilitate training for hotline workers to conduct safety planning for pregnant and postpartum people experiencing domestic violence, along with increased support materials specific to pregnant and postpartum people. 

University of Pittsburgh

Low-income pregnant people in Pittsburgh


This project, led by the University of Pittsburgh, will expand the reach of the family check-up preventive intervention to the prenatal period, leveraging this successful model to expand prenatal medical care and improve maternal resources and wellbeing. This model employs family coaches who use motivational interviewing and empower parents to identify goals and potential interventions to meet their goals. 

Philly Joy Bank

Pregnant and postpartum Philadelphians


Philly Joy Bank will provide benefits and financial counseling to participants to decrease prenatal and postpartum stress, improve ability to address concrete needs, improve access and engagement in healthcare, and improve parent-child attachment and engagement.

Masters of Maternity

Students interested in receiving doula training and certification.


Masters of Maternity will engage in workforce development by providing scholarships to student from marginalized populations for doula training, an expanded training to reach community colleges across Pennsylvania, along with technical support through sustainability tools that doulas can use after they have completed their training. Expansion of doula training will initially focus on community colleges in the Allegheny County area.

African Family Health Organization

Pregnant African and Caribbean immigrants and refugees in the greater Philadelphia area

Greater Philadelphia region

AFAHO will expand their current maternal child health program through breastfeeding awareness and support, hiring culturally appropriate doulas to serve clients, establishment of a social support group, strengthening workshop curriculum, and providing material resources to ensure pregnant African and Caribbean immigrants and refugees in the greater Philadelphia region have what they need to keep their babies safe and healthy.

New Sun Rising (Unshakeable Motherhood)

African American and low-income families in the Greater Pittsburgh region


An app called NurtureHer, facilitated through a collaborative network of mommy concierges and birth workers deployed via the app, will offer both in-person and virtual guidance to African American and low-income families in the greater Pittsburgh region. They offer doula support, meal delivery, laundry assistance, and educational programs covering maternity, birth, and postpartum.

Brown Mamas

Black birthing and pregnant people in Pittsburgh


Brown Mamas, an organization based in Pittsburgh, will organize a "Womb, Wealth, & Wellness Weekend Conference." This event will focus exclusively on the holistic health and wellness needs of the Black mothering community in Pittsburgh. It will help to strengthen connections between community-based organizations and the families they serve, build awareness around new tech-focused solutions to maternal health issues, provide shared-decision making opportunities between health organizations and the families they serve, and more.

Malama Health

Pregnant Pennsylvanians with gestational diabetes mellitus and those with pregestational diabetes.


Malama Health will expand their Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) management app to serve pregnant Pennsylvanians with gestational diabetes and those with pregestational diabetes. The app integrates mobile technology with biometric tracking devices to enable patients with GDM to sync their blood glucose values and easily log meals on their phones while providers asynchronously and remotely view patient's blood glucose logs and meal information in real-time.

Healthy Start

All families, and especially Black families, in Allegheny County

Allegheny County

Healthy Start will support the Allegheny County Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Committee to improve systems of care, services, and resources for pregnant and birthing people. They aim to decrease the disparity in hypertensive disorders in pregnancy for Black birthing people by increasing access to blood pressure monitoring and education for Black birthing people and their families. Additionally, the FIMR Case Review Team will conduct interviews with parents who have experienced fetal loss and develop a standard rotation for presenting cases and recommendations to the FIMR Community Action Team. Funding will also be used to develop IT infrastructure within the organization.

Health Equity Anti-Racism (HEAR) Committee of the Pennsylvania Association of Certified Nurse Midwives (PA-ACNM)

Black, Biracial Black, and African American folks who are interested in midwifery education and training


This funding will support the education of Black, Biracial Black, and African American midwives to build a more diverse midwifery workforce across Pennsylvania, thereby increasing access to racially concordant reproductive and primary care and reducing racial disparities in pregnancy and healthcare outcomes.

Foundation of Delaware County

Low-income expectant parents in Delaware County

Delaware County

The Foundation of Delaware County will build their existing home visiting program out to include doulas; the expansion will involve services to low-income expectant parents in Delaware County. The Foundation will conduct outreach, screening and referral, doula support, integration into the continuum of care, evaluation of the program, and dissemination of findings to raise awareness and encourage evidence-based decision-making.

University of Pennsylvania

Pregnant and postpartum Philadelphians


Penn will conduct a landscape analysis and community listening sessions to comprehensively understand the prenatal care landscape in Philadelphia. Then, they will establish a prenatal care consortium called BirthBridge Philly, which will lay the groundwork for implementation of the AIM Community Care Initiative entitled "Community Care Postpartum Safety and Wellness Bundle," which provides steps to establish a system of care from birth through the first year postpartum. This will ensure that pregnant and postpartum people in Philadelphia receive the care and support needed to recover from birth, acclimate to motherhood, addressing medical, behavioral health, and psychosocial needs.


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