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“Advancing Healthy Births”SWMPQIC Grant Opportunity

SWMPQIC has awarded 7 mini grants in the amount of $50,000 each to support community-led efforts in improving disparate birth outcomes and ensuring healthy births in the region (Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren counties). Check out the grant recipients and descriptions of their projects (coming soon!) 

  • YWCA Kalamazoo- “Women and Infant Supportive Health (WISH) Home Visitation Program



  • Corewell Health DBA: Lakeland Hospitals at Niles and St. Joseph-“ABEST Taskforce Advancing Birth Equity”


  • Michigan Breastfeeding Network with LactPower, Sacred Soul Doula, and Great Lakes Lactation- “Continuity of Care in Lactation Support for Region 8”


  • HOPE Parent Resource Center- “Baby Bundle Bags, Advancing Healthy Births through education and resources”


  • Branch Intermediate School District, Great Start Collaborative-“Pre and Postnatal Comprehensive Support System


  • Milk Like Mine Community Birthing and Breastfeeding Services- “Birthwork Wrap Around Care for Families in Calhoun County”

    • ​“Milk Like Mine is a disparity focused community birthing and lactation service that serves Calhoun County. It is our mission to provide culturally relevant care to the underserved in our community. We believe that education is key, and advocacy is vital to positive birth outcomes. We will use the funds from the Advancing Healthy Births grant to provide childbirth education, doula services, and lactation support to the families that we serve. These funds will be able to assist us in our efforts to offer these services no cost to the community. Milk Like Mine will also be able to train and mentor more of those who desire to become doulas so that we will be able to meet the demand for the care we provide.”- Anna Saup, Milk Like Mine

  • Twenty Hands Maternal Infant Health Program-“Keeping our Babies Sleeping Safely”

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