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Calling All Children's Health Supporters! (Simple ways you can show your support for CHIP)

February 19, 2015
MomsRising, Young Invincibles, and First Focus are working together to mobilize a groundswell of grassroots support for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Funding for this critical program is set to expire later this year unless Congress takes action, so it’s crucial that they hear from children’s health supporters across the country. This is why we’ve made it super easy to show your support for CHIP in a number of different ways! Take action on one or all of these options to raise your voice for children’s health. Sign our petition! Petitions are a great way to give lawmakers a...
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What Happens When Thousands Support a Brave Mom...

December 9, 2014
This holiday season, MomsRising is thankful for YOU because your overwhelming action to #StandWithPeggy created a powerful scene at the U.S. Supreme Court!
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Send message of support to brave mom at Supreme Court hearing

November 22, 2014
Sign our Thank You card to Peggy Young! — A brave mom taking her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and standing up for pregnant workers across the nation.
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On Infant Feeding: Research, Support and Community

February 25, 2015
Can you talk about your commitment to breastfeeding support, and how you began? My interest and commitment to infant feeding support developed out of my clinical, graduate, and personal experiences. As a public health nurse working with pregnant and parenting African American women and their families, I observed infant feeding disparities within our client population. At intake, the majority of our clients would state an intention to exclusively breastfeed; however many clients encountered challenges (e.g. lack of support and limited resources) and were unable to successfully initiate or...
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Let's Defy Breastfeeding Myths

February 25, 2015
My commitment to breastfeeding started as a young mother. I believe it is the best start we can give our babies. My first child was not breastfed because of a myth that my husband had. He believed that the breasts were not meant for that purpose because it was an old fashioned concept. He also believed that the breasts were a means of pleasure. I, on the other hand, did not see things the same way. I relented to his wishes not to breastfeed, but vowed that any children that I had after the first would be breastfed. All of my other children were breastfeed for at least 2 years. I didn’t know...
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See this Pittsburgh Mom in Action!

February 23, 2015
At MomsRising, we know moms are changing more than diapers everyday—and sometimes that includes making sure all moms have access to diapers! That’s why I couldn’t resist the opportunity to tell you about Heather, a local Pittsburgh “Mom in Action” and blogger of Diary of a First Time Mom , who has helped organize the Burgh Baby Diaper Drive ( February 1-28 ) as a way to give back to Pittsburgh’s smallest residents. Sign up to get involved with the Burgh Baby Diaper Drive and support this super mom’s great work. You can help address diaper need in Pittsburgh! There are Pittsburgh moms...
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Cities Can Still Help Children and Families Get Health Insurance

February 23, 2015
This post originally appeared on the National League of Cities’ blog, CitiesSpeak . “It doesn’t matter why people don’t have insurance; what matters is that we help them get it.” -Valerie McDonald Roberts, City of Pittsburgh Although the 2015 deadline to enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare Marketplace has passed, there are still ways for children and families to get covered. Depending on household size and income, children and families may qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) , and enrollment for both programs is available...
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Brooklyn Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone sparks neighborhood-wide change

February 23, 2015
Tell us about the Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone and how it began. The Brooklyn Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone is a 3-year initiative funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to address the low rate of breastfeeding in the neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant and Brownsville. For over 10 years, District Public Health Offices (DPHOs) of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have been committed to engaging community members in a joint effort to improve the health and well-being of families in high-poverty...
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Mamatoto Village: building healthier communities through maternal health

February 23, 2015
Tell us about MamaToto Village and how it began. Mamatoto Village is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, devoted to creating career pathways for Women of Color in the field of Maternal Health; and empowering women with the necessary tools to make the most informed decisions and choices in their maternity care, their parenting, and their lives. Our mission is two-fold: to provide complementary and low-cost maternity support services to women and their families during pregnancy through the first year of the child's life, and to facilitate the increase of qualified women of color serving in the...
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Extending Funding for CHIP in 2015 is Key to Sustaining Gains for Children

February 19, 2015
In a time of partisan inertia, heightened concern about income inequality and the welfare of children, and disagreement about the ability of government programs to address serious problems, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), enacted in 1997 by a Republican Congress and Democratic President, stands as an example of a government program which has proven to work and improve the lives of millions of low to moderate income children. In fact, a recent large-scale evaluation of CHIP found “CHIP to be successful in nearly every area examined. CHIP succeeded in expanding health insurance...
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