Circles of Sisters: Enhancing Family Development with Doula Care for Beloit Teen Mothers and their Children

Project Overview (PDF)

4th Funding Cycle Development Award

Project Start Date: July 1, 2008
Project End Date: June 30, 2009
Original Award Amount: $49,501
Adjusted Award Amount: $44,062*

Project Goal Statement: This planning project will develop community partnerships and conduct a needs assessment to explore the feasibility of implementing a doula program for teen mothers in Beloit in order to address health disparities and increase maternal and child health.

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  Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Beloit College
Additional Community Partner Organization Names:

  • Beloit Area Community Health Center
  • Community Action - HUB Connections
  • Family Services of Southern Wisconsin & Northern Illinois, Inc.
  Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: Emmanuel Ngui, DrPH, MSc, Department of Pediatrics
Additional Academic Partners: Alicia Cortright, MPH, Department of Pediatrics

  Project Progress Summary Reports:
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  Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Developed community pamphlet describing the Circles of Sisters community-based doula initiative (July – December 2008)
    • Participated in the Beloit Infant Mortality Town Hall meetings briefly discussing the project (July – December 2008)
    • Conducted community needs assessment through surveys and focus groups to gather community feedback related to the project
  • Presentations
    • Informal oral presentations about the project made to the Beloit African American Infant Mortality Coalition, the Beloit Foundation and the Hendricks Foundation (January – June 2009)

*In 2009 award amounts, based on the remaining budget, were adjusted to reflect the decline in endowment asset value due to the downturn in the economy.

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