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 among social and economic factors that affect 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 affordable, healthy, and nutritious food
  • Equitable, expedited response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic

By prioritizing community voice; driving paid family leave policy; supporting affordable housing policy and funding, improved transportation for Medicaid and low-income families in public and private sectors, and efforts to protect safety net programs; and monitoring efforts to eliminate food deserts and 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; including 12-month postpartum coverage.
  • Promote women’s reproductive justice and preventative care.
  • Promote behavioral health treatment for substance use, mental health, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Promote trauma-informed services through home visiting, community health workers, doulas, etc.

By prioritizing community voice; driving policies to improve access to healthcare before, during, between, and after pregnancies; and supporting reproductive justice policy, programs that address perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and home visitation efforts to streamline intake and referral, shared data and measurement, and training and efficacy.

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
  • Promote trauma-informed services through home visiting, community health workers, doulas, etc.

By prioritizing community voice; driving safe sleep practices and infrastructure capacity; and supporting community health workers, birth workers, and home visitation efforts to streamline intake and referral, shared data and measurement, and training and efficacy

ADVOCACY AGENDA PRIORITY #4:

Promote access to equitable healthcare

  • Develop provider capacity to decrease implicit bias and racism, and to build trust through trauma awareness and cultural humility
  • Medicaid expansion in Missouri, faster and easier Medicaid enrollment for those who qualify, and restored Medicaid and CHIP for adults and children who have been disenrolled or lost coverage
  • Prioritize impacted communities in healthcare policy related to COVID-19

By: Prioritizing community voice; driving provider capacity to decrease implicit bias and racism, and to build trust through trauma awareness and cultural humility; and supporting Medicaid expansion efforts and 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
3407 S. Jefferson Ave., #135
St. Louis, MO 63118
phone: (314) 880-5719
email: info@generatehealthstl.org
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