Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024
Nonprofit in Louisville Secures $5.5 Million Funding for Maternal Health Program

A Louisville nonprofit has been awarded $5.5 million in federal funding for a new maternal health program. Black Birth Justice, founded in 2021 with the goal of protecting Black mothers and addressing maternal and infant mortality, has received the Healthy Start grant through a subagency of the Department of Health and Human Services. The program, called “Healthy Beginnings Connect Us,” is set to begin in August and aims to assist approximately 700 families annually in accessing health services such as doula and midwife care, educational resources for birthing and caregiving, as well as essentials like diapers, wipes, and car seats.

Victoria Jones, project director and former grant participant, shared her enthusiasm for the upcoming project, highlighting the transformative impact that participation in the Healthy Start program had on her own life and her community. Jones emphasized the importance of individual experiences and connections in shaping positive change for families and communities. Meka Kpoh, founder and executive director of Black Birth Justice expressed excitement for the launch of the program with a team of maternal and children’s health experts who have previously participated in the Healthy Start grant. Kpoh believes that now is the perfect time for families most impacted by the program over the past 25 years to take the lead in the initiative.

By Aiden Nguyen

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