Pregnancy and Birth

 WEBINAR – REGISTRATION – Centering Healthcare Institute – Community Health Workers and Clinical Integration – June 20, 2019 1pm to 2pm ET – Join Jaye Clement as she presents how the Henry Ford Health System and their WIN program(The Women-Inspired Neighborhood Network) aims to reduce the infant mortality rate by leveraging the impact of community health workers (CHWs) in CenteringPregnancy. Hear how they are mitigating social determinants of health (SDOH) though an enhanced Centering model of group prenatal care tailored to vulnerable African-American women.


Community Health Worker Training

Since 1995, 180 women have entered the Community Health Worker (CHW) Training Program; 150 (83%) graduated the program and 136 of the graduates (90%) found jobs or pursued educational opportunities within 30 days of graduation.

The CHW Training Program is an intensive, 12-month paid job training program that prepares up to eight women at a time (most of whom are former HPP clients) for meaningful employment in career fields that provide a path to financial security. Community Health Workers:

  • Fulfill important HPP functions, such as managing the reception desk, client intakes, client records in the database, and community outreach.
  • Participate in weekly trainings with HPP staff.
  • Build office, computer, language, and writing skills.
  • Attend classes and continuing education programs at City College of San Francisco.
  • Participate in an outside internship with a collaborating CBO (community-based organization) for additional work experience and exposure to potential employers.

Interested in participating? Community Health Worker Training Information

To apply to be a CHW, you must:

  • Submit an updated resume
  • Get a recommendation from your HPP Case Manager or other written recommendation if not a former HPP client
  • Have a minimum of one year in stable housing
  • Be clean and sober for a minimum of two years
  • Have stable childcare
  • Be looking to pursue or currently pursuing an AA degree or GED certificate
  • Be looking to find employment in an entry level position in the social service sector

Please contact Karla Ayala, CHW Program Manager at (415) 546-6756, extension 342 or at

2500 18th St. San Francisco, CA, 94110 USA


 Doula “Women Who Serve “

The Doula Alliance Sonoma County!sonoma-county
Doula Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9pm at The Women’s Health and Birth Center, 584 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa, California.
Serving Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Winsor and surrounding areas.  Attending births at hospitals and homes.

Doula Match
Health Connect One
Wandy Hernandez is currently the APHA CHW section ChairDONA Francisco Night Doulas
San Francisco Doula Group

La Leche League

Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Michigan (Detroit)

Healthy Mothers on the Move (Healthy MOMs) / Madres Saludables en Movimiento (Madres Saludables)

Healthy MomsCommunity-based lifestyle program improves diets of pregnant Latina women


 Community Health Access Project (CHAP) – Connecting those at risk to Care (Richland County, Ohio)

“….60% reduction in low birth weight and greater than 500% return on investment….”

Pathways Community Care Coordination in Low Birth Weight Prevention 

Sarah Redding;Elizabeth Conrey;Kyle Porter;John Paulson; Karen Hughes;Mark Redding

“…CHWs are trained individuals from the same highest risk communities. The CHAP Pathways Model is used to track each maternal health and social service need to resolution and CHWs are paid based upon outcomes…” read more

The impact of community health workers on the self-determination, self-sufficiency, and decision-making ability of low-income women and mothers of young children

  1. Andrea Crivelli Kovach1,*,
  2. Julie Becker2
  3. Heidi Worley3

(Article first published online: 1 APR 2004)  Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Journal of Community Psychology

Journal of Community Psychology

Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 343–356, May 2004

Pregnant women at high risk for adverse health outcomes can benefit from the services of community health workers. Maternity Care Coalition identifies at risk women and provides links to health care and social services through the MOMobile Program. The purpose of this study was to explore (a) the relationship formed between community health workers and pregnant women, and (b) the change over time in a mother’s perceived level of empowerment as measured by self-sufficiency, self-determination, and decision-making skills. A multiphase study was developed to collect data. Focus group interviews with community health workers explored their professional role, their relationship with mothers, and the meaning of decision-making, self-sufficiency, and self-determination as empowerment constructs. A questionnaire was developed to measure each construct at two points in time. A pilot study with 80 women was conducted. Scores for each construct and overall empowerment were calculated and the pre- and post-scores compared to measure change over time. Results of paired t-tests showed significant differences between the postpartum mean score for decision-making (P < .01), self-sufficiency (P < .01), self-determination (P < .001), and overall empowerment (P < .001) and the mean scores on each construct at registration. Results suggest that empowerment can be operationalized in community settings and that increasing an at risk pregnant woman’s sense of empowerment may positively impact the overall health of the mother and child. Further research is needed to assess the full impact of this variable as a health status indicator. © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Comm Psychol 32: 343–356, 2004.




Doula “Women Who Serve “Health Connect One  Wandy Hernandez is currently the APHA CHW section Chair

If you have ever considered being a Childbirth Educator or want to get training to support moms during the birth of their babies as a doula, workshops are offered locally. (707) 588-8026
July 11-13, 2014
Oct 3-5, 2014
Lamaze Educator Training
October 24-26, 2014



Indiana CHW Curriculum: 

The curriculum emphasis is on prenatal health up to 60 days post partum. The first section of the curriculum pertains to the relevant laws, guidelines, definitions, how to do outreach and conduct home visits. The second section focuses on pregnancy, prenatal care, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, SIDS, health risk behaviors, preterm labor, low birthweight, labor and delivery, old wives tales related to child bearing, admission to hospital, breastfeeding, post partum care, immunizations, finding a pediatrician, and well child care. Finally, the third section introduces the CHWs to topics about culture, communication, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, working with families

Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification and Training: A National Survey of Regionally and State-Based Programs 2005.pdf  (2005)  ( 79 pages)  Covers: Indiana, Texas Alaska 

Indiana CHW Curriculum Maternal Child Health  (pages 58-60)


Reaching Indiana 2012

Indiana Contact Information:
Beth Johnson, RN, MSN
Community Health Worker Program
Indiana State Department of Health, MCH
Phone: (317) 233-1344
Fax: (317) 233-1300
2 N. Meridian 8C
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Indiana State Department Of Health; Maternal and Child Health Division 2 North Meridian Street;Indianapolis, IN 46204 ;  (317) 233-7940;


The Doula Alliance Sonoma County(California)
Doula Support Group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9pm at The Women’s Health and Birth Center, 584 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa, California.
Serving Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Windsor and surrounding areas. Attending births at hospitals and homes.


Doula Match

San Francisco Night Doulas 
San Francisco Doula Group