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Community Care improving birth outcomes

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When we set out to develop a program to improve birth outcomes for expectant Black, Latina, and Indigenous moms, we partnered with two Madison, Wisconsin, community providers that could make a difference for our members:

  • Harambee Village is a doula organization that works to eliminate race, class, gender, and sexuality-based disparities.
  • Roots4Change Cooperative (Raices para el Cambio) addresses inequities in maternal and child health care for Latina and Indigenous moms and babies. It’s led by Latina and Indigenous doulas and community health workers.

In 2022, moms in our BadgerCare Plus Medicaid plan got care and support from Harambee Village and Roots4Change doulas who knew their cultures and spoke their languages. The doulas were with them from pregnancy through birth and early in each baby’s life, helping bridge gaps and barriers.

We plan to expand the program in 2023.

This story also appears in our 2022 annual report.