Have We Got News for You…
It has finally happened! Our dream for the collaborative work that we can do together in the Southeast U.S. on behalf of mothers and babies is coming true. We recently learned that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has decided to support our work through a grant of $875,000 beginning April 1, 2012 and running through March 31, 2014.
Funds will support the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of 8 community-based projects grounded in the life course model focused on addressing racial inequities and improving preconception health for low income women and men. This grant will expand the reach of the Every Woman Southeast Initiative and allow us to build momentum across our region for adopting a life course approach within maternal and child health. Additionally, some of the funds will support the development and dissemination of a clinical preconception tool kit, the creation of an implementation plan for a national consumer marketing campaign and planning around policy and financing of preconception care – all three in partnership with workgroups of the National Preconception Health and Health Care Steering Committee.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. For further information on the foundation, please visit www.wkkf.org.
We will provide monthly updates on the status of our Every Woman Southeast: Integrating Life Course, Legacy and Preconception Strategies to Improve the Health of Women and Children grant through our newsletter. For now please celebrate with us and consider getting more involved as we move this work forward.