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Advancing Racial Equity in Maternal-Child Health and Addressing Disparities through a Reproductive and Birth Justice Lens - Report Summary

June 24, 2022

This report expands upon earlier healthy birth and early development work by critically examining how local community-based organizations are addressing maternal-child health-racial inequities and disparities. While home visiting, breastfeeding, doulas and baby-friendly hospitals are essential strategies for improving maternal-child health, a health gap still exists for women and families of color, as evidenced by high infant and maternal mortality rates and low infant birth weight rates in New Mexico, particularly for women of color. While the maternal-child health strategies may improve access to care for women and families of color, they do not necessarily translate to quality of care. "Evidence-based" practices will not lead to changed outcomes for W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) target populations if racial equity is not addressed and foundational in the work. The report explored how WKKF grantees are addressing, advocating for, and implementing actions to advance equity to improve maternal-child health outcomes

Health Equity; Maternal and Child Health; Racial Equity and Healing

Advancing Racial Equity in Maternal-Child Health and Addressing Disparities through a Reproductive and Birth Justice Lens

June 24, 2022

Fom 2014 to 2015, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF)partnered with the University of New Mexico evaluation team to conduct a study to examine if and how the Foundation's investments in the strategies of folic acid initiative, home visiting, doulas, breastfeeding peer counselors and baby-friendly hospitals were improving maternal-child health in WKKF's priority places in New Mexico. One key finding in the Healthy Birth & Early Development in New Mexico evaluation report was that these strategies supported a continuum-of-care that is essential for strengthening the health and wellbeing of babies, mothers, and families from preconception through a child's third year. A continuum of care framework was developed by the evaluators to capture achievable short-term outcomes such as healthy family behaviors, policy change and systems change that over time could be linked to improvement in the long-term outcomes of full-term births, healthy birth weights, exclusive access to mother's milk, decreased adverse childhood experiences, increased social support, improved parental well-being, and healthy developmental milestones. 

Health Equity; Maternal and Child Health; Racial Equity and Healing

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grants May 2022

June 9, 2022

The list of W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants approved in May 2022.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grants April 2022

May 4, 2022

The list of W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants approved in April 2022.

Expanding Equity Inclusion & Belonging Guidebook

May 1, 2022

As many corporate leaders know, inclusion and belonging are vital to company health and success. Creating workplaces where every employee can bring their whole selves to work leads to deeper levels of commitment and higher levels of innovation. A key question is: how can leaders and companies create a culture that embodies a feeling of inclusion and a sense of belonging for all employees? This guidebook, created as part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Expanding Equity program, will support you on that journey through the following sections: 1. What is racial equity? 2. Putting the "I" in DE&I 3. Talking About Race (and Racism) in the Workplace 4. Moving Beyond Allyship to Sponsorship 5. Developing Champions for Racial Equity

Employment Equity; Racial Equity and Healing

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grants March 2022

April 12, 2022

The list of W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants approved in March 2022.

The Quest For Equity and Quality Examining Provider Experiences and Participation in Texas Rising Star

April 1, 2022

Exposure to high-quality child care is the foundation for a child's academic and social-emotional success, especially for children from low-income families. Increasing access to subsidized child care is one of the many strategies used to provide affordable early education to children from low-income families. However, increasing access alone is not enough when it comes to early learning. Children need to be in high-quality care to reap the many benefits.One systematic way to measure and increase quality of child care programs is through a state's Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). QRIS is a systematic framework used to measure, improve, and communicate the quality of early childhood education (ECE) providers across a range of indicators. In Texas, this system is called Texas Rising Star (TRS). TRS is only open to child care providers who accept families receiving subsidy child care assistance. While TRS offers incentives for participation including professional development and increased reimbursement rates, currently TRS reaches only a fraction of lowincome children and the providers. 

A Legal Aid Perspective on COVID-19

March 30, 2022

This inspiring report tells the story of the issues faced by low-income and marginalized people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and civil legal aid's role in addressing them. The knowledge presented is gleaned from strategic conversations, informational interviews, and organically through NLADA's work with civil legal aid, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Obstetric & Neonatal Emergency Reference Guide

March 25, 2022

The STORK Program is designed to help improve the outcomes of pregnantand newborn patients in rural hospitals. STORK includes didactic andsimulation training to better prepare emergency healthcare professionalsto recognize and manage common obstetric and neonatal emergencieswhile critical care transport teams are en route. 

Maternal and Child Health

Every Child Thrives Annual Snapshot 2021

March 1, 2022

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's annual snapshot 2021 highlights its record-breaking year of grantmaking, during which the foundation awarded more than $483 million in new grant commitments, the largest amount ever in its 91-year history, which included $232 million of its $300 million social impact bond commitment, announced in October 2020. It also features leadership editorials from La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO; Celeste A. Clark, board chair and Don Williamson, vice president for finance and treasurer, alongside the grantmaking and financial statements for its fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2021. The annual snapshot is available in English, Haitian Creole and Spanish.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grants February 2022

March 1, 2022

The list of W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants approved in February 2022.

The Economic Role of Paid Child Care in the U.S.

February 10, 2022

One of the most fundamental roles played by child care is enabling parents to participate in the labor force. Most parents with young children are in the workforce. Among U.S. families with a child under age 5, 91% have a working parent. For married couple families, 98% have at least one working parent and 60% have both parents in the workforce. For families maintained by only one parent, 79% of mothers and 88% of fathers who head the household are employed. To support employment, parents choose from a broad range of child care options, either paid or unpaid. This report focuses on the role played by paid child care services. Paid care provides parents with a market-based alternative to in-home parental care and other forms of non-paid care.

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