HealthConnect One’s Community-Based Doula Program
HealthConnect One’s Community-Based Doula Program seeks to increase rates of breastfeeding, reduce rates of low birthweight and prematurity, reduce the use of non-medically necessary caesarean sections, reduce the use of epidurals in favor of alternative pain management techniques, and further develop the corps of community health workers in maternal and child health and early learning.
What is the model’s approach to providing home visiting services?
Services are provided prenatally from the 28th week of pregnancy until the child is 6 months old or no longer breastfeeding. Families typically receive a total of 24 home visits—12 during pregnancy and 12 after birth. Home visits take place twice per month from the 28th week of pregnancy up to the 36th week of pregnancy, weekly from the 36th week of pregnancy to 8 weeks postpartum, and at least monthly after 8 weeks postpartum.
HealthConnect One serves all families during pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum period. Some local programs have specific eligibility requirements.
Who is implementing the model?
HealthConnect One was implemented by 14 community health workers/doulas in 2019.
HealthConnect One was implemented by 5 supervisors in 2019.
Where is the model implemented?
HealthConnect One operated in 7 local agencies across 6 states in 2019.
Families Served Through Home Visiting in 2018
22% ≤ 21 years
46% 22-29 years
32% 30-44 years
0% ≥ 45 years
29% No HS diploma
36% HS diploma or GED
28% Some college or training
8% Bachelor's degree or higher
Child insurance status
100% < 1 year
0% 1-2 years
0% 3-5 years
100% Low-income status
0% Not low-income status