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2023 Yearbook

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?

Home Visitors

HealthConnect One was implemented by 22 community health workers/doulas in 2020.


HealthConnect One was implemented by 8 supervisors in 2020.

Where is the model implemented?

HealthConnect One operated in 7 local agencies across 6 states in 2020.


Families Served Through Home Visiting in 2020

home visits provided
including 2,515 virtual visits
families served
children served

Caregiver age

22% ≤21 years

43% 22-29 years

35% 30-44 years

0% ≥45 years

Caregiver education

25% No HS diploma

26% HS diploma or GED

31% Some college or training

17% Bachelor's degree or higher

Child insurance status

88% Public

7% Private

5% None

Household income

89% Low-income status

11% Not low-income status

Percentages may not add to 100 due to rounding. • This Model Profile includes participant data from 5 of the 7 local HealthConnect One agencies.