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BMBFA reveals "You Don't Know My Story"

February 12, 2015
While data is significant and valued, we also believe that it is important to listen to people's stories. True change occurs with valued relationships, trust and connectedness. Here at BMBFA, we believe in connecting with families on an intimate level. We also try to share our stories through images, blogs and videos. You can support our work by sharing our message widely in your personal and web-based networks. It is our hope that other black women will see these messages and not feel isolated or alone in their experiences but realize that there is a community of support available to help...
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Community Transforming ROSEs provide peer breastfeeding support

February 12, 2015
Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) is a member network that was founded to address breastfeeding disparities among people of color nationwide through culturally competent training, education, advocacy, and support. With a focus on increasing breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, ROSE seeks to normalize breastfeeding by serving as a catalyst that provides resources and networking opportunities for individuals and communities. Our efforts to empower a growing cadre of advocacy-oriented “ROSE Community Transformers” tops the list in our strategic plan to address breastfeeding...
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Doula trainings creating a united front of support for infant feeding

February 12, 2015
Tell us about Ancient Song Doula Services (ASDS) and how it began. Ancient Song Doula Services began the Fall of 2008 after the birth of my first child at home with a midwife and a doula. In my own journey I realized that there wasn't enough information or services around primarily focused on women of color, especially within low income communities. I realized the difficulties I faced being economically stable, having private insurance and being able to find care that spoke to me. So, I decided to create what I thought was lacking at the time. Culturally competent care that allowed a consumer...
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Help Each Enrollee Find the Health Plan That Best Meets Her or His Needs

February 9, 2015
When shopping for a plan, a few questions to ask include: How much health care do I need? Do you expect to visit a doctor often? Is my preferred brand of birth control covered? How important is it to me to see my current doctor? Am I expecting any major life events in the coming year?
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Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

February 6, 2015
“We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow.’ His name is today.” - Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral The President’s budget released this week proposes billions in critical new federal investments for 2016 and beyond to improve the life chances of millions of poor children. It also would prevent more harmful budget...
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The Question for Lawmakers Who Might Backtrack on Expanded Health Coverage: Seriously?

February 3, 2015
This post, authored by LeeAnn Hall , originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . LeeAnn Hall discusses why Medicaid expansion is necessary for women's health and urges states who have not done so to take this important action . TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! With two weeks left in the second enrollment period for Affordable Care Act health coverage, marketplace enrollment is projected to reach between 9 million and 9.9...
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The Ins and Outs of President Obama’s FY2016 Budget

February 3, 2015
The President's budget is hundreds of pages! Have no fear, MomsRising has broken it all down for you and provides you with all the things you need to know.
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Raise your voice!

Help us make some noise!

January 30, 2015
In early March, the Supreme Court of the United States will review a case that threatens to eliminate financial assistance for health coverage in about 36 states as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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Great news out of Jacksonville, Florida for children's health!

January 30, 2015
Great news! Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown and other city leaders are going the extra mile to make sure our kids have the health coverage they need! Jacksonville was recently awarded a grant through the National League of Cities to connect uninsured kids with low-cost KidCare and Medicaid coverage. With more than 17,000 uninsured children in Duval County alone , this Cover Jacksonville campaign can help us go a long way toward decreasing the number of uninsured children in our community. This is important because when children have health insurance, they enjoy better health throughout...
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Antibiotic Resistance: What It Is, What We’re Doing about It, and What You Can Do to Help

January 27, 2015
As a doctor, my greatest fear is to be unable to help a patient when they need me the most. Likewise, I think the greatest fear of every parent is to see his or her child in pain and be powerless to help. For too many doctors and parents, these fears are becoming increasingly real with the rising problem of antibiotic resistance – when germs outsmart the medicines intended to treat them. Every year, antibiotic-resistant infections cause at least 2 million illnesses and over 23,000 deaths in the United States. If we do not take action to combat antibiotic resistance, those numbers will rise...
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