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Maven Clinic And March for Moms Announce New Program to Invest in Community-Based Organizations Advancing Maternal Health Outcomes

Black Mamas ATX and Chocolate Milk Mommies Selected as Inaugural MPact for Families Fellows

By Girl Power News , in News , at October 26, 2022

Maven Clinic, the world’s largest virtual clinic for women’s and family health, and March for Moms, a non-profit that improves the health and wellbeing of mothers through advocacy and awareness, today announced MPact for Families, a new program to invest in community-based organizations (CBOs) advancing maternal health. The program provides financial, mentoring, and skill support to community-based organizations that are filling gaps in the traditional health care system, and building the trust within their communities that is core to delivering better health outcomes.

The launch of MPact for Families comes at a time when the maternal health crisis continues to worsen, especially for mothers of color. According to the CDC, Black and Indigenous mothers in the United States are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white mothers on average. There are many social and structural factors that contribute to these disparities, including a lack of access to high-quality health care. More than 7 million women of childbearing age in the United States live in counties with limited or no access to maternity care. Research has shown that community-based approaches can play a role in addressing these gaps in care and improving maternal health outcomes.

Through MPact for Families, Maven Clinic and March for Moms are supporting two organizations in a 12-month program:

“As Maven seeks to transform the way women and families are cared for across the country, we are thrilled to partner with March for Moms to support organizations like Black Mamas ATX and Chocolate Milk Mommies that are providing exceptional levels of support to their communities and whose programs can serve as models nationwide,” said Kate Ryder, Founder and CEO of Maven.

“Maven’s health equity strategy recognizes that community-based organizations are essential to addressing the many disparities we see in maternal health across the United States, which is why we’re excited to invest in organizations like Black Mamas ATX and Chocolate Milk Mommies,” said Dr. Dawn Godbolt, Director of Health Equity at Maven.

“In partnership with Maven, the goal of MPact for Families is to invest time, talent and treasures in the community-based organizations that are helping families thrive, and demonstrating tremendous resilience to serve their communities despite financial constraints and limited staff capacity,” said Laneceya Russ, Executive Director of March for Moms.

The launch of MPact for Families is part of Maven’s broader commitment to health equity and to driving better maternal and child health outcomes. Maven’s virtual care model delivers support and care tailored to every parent’s unique needs, circumstances, and experiences, helping reduce health disparities and improve outcomes. 38% of Maven’s providers identify as Latine, Black, Asian, or Middle Eastern, and are committed to creating a safe space where every person is heard and their health needs are met. Through care matching, Maven Care Advocates can work with members to assemble a personalized care team that is matched to their unique needs and lived experiences, including providers who are of a specific race, gender, or sexual orientation.

“In a state like Texas where Black women account for 11% of births but 31% of maternal deaths, Black Mamas ATX is crucial to the wellbeing of our community, and we look forward to scaling our impact through partnerships with like-minded organizations like Maven and March for Moms,” said Kelenne Blake-Fallon, Executive Director of Black Mamas ATX.

“As Chocolate Milk Mommies advances its work to address racial disparities in breastfeeding and ensure Black women have what they need to breastfeed, we’re excited to partner with Maven and March for Moms to touch the lives of many more families in Alabama and throughout the country,” said Tiffany Campbell, President of Chocolate Milk Mommies.

Maven is the largest virtual clinic for women’s and family health, offering continuous, holistic care for fertility, pregnancy, parenting and pediatrics, and menopause. Maven’s award-winning digital programs are trusted by leading employers and health plans to reduce costs and drive better maternal health outcomes, as well as enhance DE&I in benefits programs. Founded in 2014 by CEO Kate Ryder, Maven has been recognized as Fast Company’s #1 Most Innovative Health Company and has 15 million lives under management. Maven has raised more than $200 million in funding from leading investors including Sequoia, Oak HC/FT, Dragoneer Investment Group and Lux Capital. To learn more about Maven, visit us at mavenclinic.com.

March for Moms is a non-partisan, 501 © (3) not-for-profit that aligns the diverse voices of families, health care providers, policymakers, and partners to advocate for mothers and families’ health, well-being and equal access to care. For more information, visit https://marchformoms.org/.