EverThrive IL updates its organizational policy agenda annually. The Health Reform Initiative also has a specific policy agenda, highlighting policy priorities for our field.
2017 Maternal and Infant Mortality Policy Priorities
The Maternal & Infant Mortality Initiative focuses on improving maternal and infant health outcomes, with an emphasis on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity, across Illinois. We advocate for policies that promote maternal and infant health and reduce health inequities and disparities, engage and empower medically underserved communities to advocate on issues impacting health, and provide technical assistance and maternal and child health education to partners and stakeholders.
Priority 1: Advocate for policy and system changes that positively impact maternal and infant health.
- Lift-up policies and programs that positively impact women's health including but not limited to preconception, pregnancy, post-partum, inter-conception and parenting.
- Address policies which impact maternal and infant mortality and morbidity with an emphasis on decreasing ethnic and racial disparities, including third trimester HIV testing for pregnant women.
- Support policies, programs, and funding that promote healthy pregnancies and infants, which include but are not limited to Title V, Healthy Start, Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), WIC, Better Birth Outcomes (BBO), Family Case Management (FCM), and breastfeeding promotion.
- Support policies that encourage participation and improve access to the Early Intervention program, especially for pre-mature infants and children zero to three.
- Support policies and programs that ensure access and affordability of reproductive and contraceptive services for all.
- Advocate for WIC policy and system changes that reduce barriers, increase participation, and ensure the program meets consumers' needs.
- Support policies and programs that address the mental health needs, including maternal and postpartum depression, of pregnant and parenting women.
Priority 2: Advocate for vibrant and healthy communities for babies to come home to.
- Advocate for a responsible, fully-funded, and balanced state budget with the appropriate revenue needed to meet the needs of Illinois families and communities.
- Support policies to raise the minimum wage.
- Support policies and programs that reduce economic disparities that exist for women, children, adolescents and families, including increasing the affordability of diapers for low-income families.
- Support policies and programs that improve educational opportunities for low-income families.
- Support a fair tax structure for Illinois to require those who earn more income to pay a higher rate and those who have a lower income to pay a lower tax rate.
- Through existing and new partnerships, support policies that protect and improve access to quality, safety, and affordability of housing for low-income families, especially for parenting and pregnant women.
Priority 3: Provide medically underserved community members opportunities to become civically engaged, including advocacy for issues that impact themselves, their families and their communities.
- Solicit and incorporate, as appropriate, consumers feedback, especially through the Maternal and Child Health Family Councils, to inform organizational policy priorities.
- Empower high-risk students and community members to build their reproductive health knowledge to be better prepared to advocates for themselves and their communities' needs.