The Boston-based Centering Healthcare Institute has announced grants totaling $13 million from MacKenzie Scott, the Bezos Family Foundation, Imaginable Futures, the Overdeck Family Foundation, and the Valhalla Charitable Foundation.
The funding will support efforts to scale the organization's group care "centering" model for pregnant women, young children, and families. The evidence-based model is aimed at reducing racial disparities and improving health outcomes by reducing social isolation, creating a community of support, and empowering parents with the knowledge and skills needed to support their family's health. To that end, the program offers continuity of care from pregnancy through the critical early childhood stage of development, lowering the risk of preterm birth, elevating lived experience alongside clinical care, supporting healthy parent-child interactions, and reinforcing parental behaviors that lead to positive life outcomes for children. The grants will enable CHI to make needed technology upgrades that enable it to deliver its programs in virtual formats while continuing to provide relationship-based care to vulnerable populations.
"We are proud to partner with Centering Healthcare at this important time in their organizational growth," said Bezos Family Foundation managing director Megan Wyatt. "Now more than ever, parents need connection and support to build their skills and well-being so they can nurture their families. By creating strong networks of parents and providing relationship-based care, Centering Healthcare is addressing inequities and building stronger communities for children and their families."
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