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 Maternal Wellness Update 


September 2021 ~ Special Edition

Commitment Statement on Equity

We are committed to using written and oral language that is inclusive and straightforward. In communicating, we also seek to elevate the voices of the communities we serve by using terms and language that are rooted in communities’ strengths. 
Specific to the maternal & child health populations, we commit to acknowledge that the state of being pregnant, the act of giving birth or otherwise ending a pregnancy, and the act of parenting and caregiving are inclusive of all genders. Furthermore, we acknowledge that intersections of oppression matter, in that a person with multiple dimensions of oppression (racism, classism, gender identity, ableism, national origins, etc.) likely face additional, more complex barriers to receiving high-quality, timely care and services. To the extent that is possible, we use the term “pregnant and postpartum individuals, persons, or people” or “new and expectant parents'' in the communication products for which we have direct responsibility.  
If you would like to contribute to the developing statement, please share your thoughts through this 1-question survey. We acknowledge that in this newsletter we often share items developed by other organizations that may reflect more gendered language.



The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) and the Maternal Mortality Prevention Program (MMPP) are pleased to announce a Request for Applications (RFA #35375) on September 15, 2021. 

The goal of the RFA and funding opportunity is to launch a three-year initiative aimed at increasing the capacity of community organizations, groups, and collaboratives to implement community-driven solutions to reduce and prevent maternal mortality. 

Up to $150,000 is available for the three-year period to support community-driven projects. Funding is prioritized toward organizations that are deeply embedded in the needs and strengths of the communities and families most affected by maternal mortality AND those that are not traditionally affiliated with or significantly funded by institutional entities. 

The RFA seeks to fund proposals that are aligned to one of the following areas: 
  • Increasing social connectedness and the ability of pregnant and postpartum Coloradans to feel connected, supported and a sense of belonging.
  • Increasing economic security among pregnant and postpartum Coloradans.
  • Increasing the community’s collective capacity (people, resources, or infrastructure) to care for and support pregnant and postpartum individuals, formally and informally. 

The application deadline is November 12, 2021 with an estimated contract start date of February 1, 2022. 

Join an informational webinar on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 to learn more about the RFA and how to apply. Click HERE to register for the webinar, then join the Zoom meeting:
September 22, 2021 – 12:00 AM to 1:30 PM (MDT)
Zoom info:
Meeting ID: 828 6055 8271
Passcode: 2370

The webinar will be recorded and materials posted on the RFA webpage: Questions about the RFA should be emailed to
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