By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy
The Department of Health and Human Services will award $4.5 Million in grants to public college to help train maternal health workers in implicit bias.
The grant summary states, “the purpose of this program is to address implicit bias among maternal health care providers to reduce health disparities and improve maternal health outcomes,” with public and state-controlled institutions of higher education eligible for the funding.
The funding will be used to fund community-based doulas. This is a non-medical professional who supports women during the birth process. They don’t deliver babies but give expectant mothers emotional and physical support leading up to and giving birth.
The funding, through HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration, said the money will be used to hire, train, certify, and pay community-based doulas “in areas with high rates of adverse maternal and infant health outcomes.”
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The HHS said the grant builds on the administration of President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris to “address the nation’s Black maternal health crisis.”