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The Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University is joining forces with Pediatric Grand Rounds at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital to host a lecture on improving pregnancy and infant health outcomes in Greater Cleveland. Entitled “Community-led Solutions for Promoting Positive Pregnancy and Infant Health Outcomes in Greater Cleveland: Normalizing Access and Utilization of Doulas within Health Systems,” the event will take place on Thursday, March 28, at 8 a.m. in the Amphitheater at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Virtual attendance is also an option for those interested.

The speakers for this event include Angela Newman-White, the executive director of First Year Cleveland, Jazmin Long, the chief operating and development officer at Birthing Beautiful Communities, and Heather Marie Rice, a clinician and professor at Cleveland State University. These leaders are dedicated to reducing infant mortality rates and promoting positive maternal outcomes in Greater Cleveland. They will provide updates on First Year Cleveland’s efforts towards systems-driven solutions as well as discuss barriers to accessing doula services covered by Medicaid in Ohio. Additionally, tips for healthcare providers and pediatric professionals will be shared to ensure pregnant women understand the benefits of doula services during their pregnancies.

As part of its mission to facilitate connections between Case Western Reserve faculty, students, researchers, policy experts, and community members whose work impacts children, young people, and families; The Schubert Center for Child Studies hosts events like this one to encourage ongoing dialogues about child-related research, policy, and practice among Northeast Ohio faculty, students

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