Advocacy

Generate Health Advocacy

Advocating for Policies Promoting Racial Equity in Pregnancy Outcomes, Family Well-Being and Community Health

Generate Health mobilizes and inspires the St. Louis region to advance racial equity in pregnancy outcomes, family well-being, and community health. We focus on policies
and legislation that eliminate racial disparities in infant mortality and maternal health.

Our work is guided by strategies that:

  • Prioritize community voice in decision making processes
  • Illuminate the root causes of racial disparities in infant mortality and maternal health
  • Advocate for the redirection of resources to eliminate racial disparities in infant mortality and maternal health
  • Catalyze action within the ecosystem
  • Advance regional accountability for equitable systems

COVID19 exacerbates existing racial and economic disparities in the St. Louis region, making Generate Health’s 2021 Advocacy Agenda an even more relevant and necessary tool for collective change. The 2021 Advocacy Agenda builds upon our continued commitment and resolve for a more equitable region.

Generate Health’s 2021 Advocacy Agenda
ADVOCACY AGENDA PRIORITY #1:

Promote racial equity in social determinants of health in communities through:

  • Improved economic conditions, increased minimum wage, family financial health, paid family leave, and education
  • Reliable, affordable transportation
  • Affordable, safe housing
  • Affordable, high-quality childcare
  • Access to healthy, nutritious food
  • Equitable, expedited response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

By: Prioritizing community voice, supporting affordable housing policy and funding, supporting paid family leave in public and private sectors, supporting efforts to protect
safety net programs, monitor improved transportation for Medicaid and low-income families, monitoring efforts to eliminate food deserts, monitoring efforts for improved early childhood education and asset development

ADVOCACY AGENDA PRIORITY #2:

Promote racial equity in maternal health and decrease maternal mortality

  • Improve access to affordable and equitable women’s healthcare before, during, between, and after pregnancies
  • Promote women’s reproductive health, preventative care, behavioral health treatment for substance use and mental health disorders
  • Develop provider capacity to decrease implicit bias and racism, and to build trust through trauma-awareness and cultural humility
  • Promote trauma-informed services through expanded capacity and sustainable funding for home visiting, community health workers, doulas, etc.

By: Prioritizing community voice, driving racial equity, trauma awareness, and healing resource training for providers and community, driving issue awareness of disparities in maternal health, supporting community health workers, doulas, home visitation programs, etc., supporting policies that prevent harmful practices, supporting policies that improve access to reproductive and behavioral health care; supporting policies and practices that improve the health and safety of pregnant women

ADVOCACY AGENDA PRIORITY #3:

Promote racial equity in infant health and decrease infant mortality

  • Improve access to affordable and equitable healthcare for infants during birth and beyond
  • Promote safe sleep practices and infrastructure capacity

By: Prioritizing community voice, driving racial equity, trauma awareness and healing resource training for providers and community, driving safe sleep practices and
infrastructure capacity, supporting community health workers, home visitation programs, birth workers, etc.

ADVOCACY AGENDA PRIORITY #4:

Promote access to expanded, prompt, equitable healthcare

  • Defend Medicaid Expansion in Missouri, faster and easier Medicaid enrollment for those who qualify, and restore Medicaid and CHIP for adults and children who have been dis-enrolled or lost coverage
  • Prioritize marginalized communities in healthcare policy related to COVID-19

By: Prioritizing community voice, support defending Medicaid expansion constitutional amendment, supporting work in restoring lost coverage

ADVOCACY STRATEGIES:

Generate Health will use a racial equity lens to advance and accelerate the 2021 Advocacy Agenda. Informed & guided by the Ferguson Commission Report, For the
Sake of All Report and Equity Indicators Report, Generate Health will:

  • Engage impacted communities and issue-specific experts for community-driven decision-making
  • Utilize data to inform policy
  • Engage with elected officials on appropriate issues via email, phone calls, letters, committee testimony and in-person meetings
  • Disseminate action alerts to partners and link them to appropriate methods
  • Provide issue and advocacy presentations, data reports, and fact sheets and blogs to partners
  • Disseminate an annual Legislative Report about progress toward policy priorities to staff, board and members
  • Collaborate with other groups, organizations, and coalitions
  • Monitor federal and state legislation and produce Legislative Fact Sheet that tracks pertinent legislation
Generate Health
1300 Hampton Ave., Suite 111
St. Louis, MO 63139
phone: (314) 880-5719
email: info@generatehealthstl.org
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