As part of their long-standing relationship with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, volunteers from AmeriHealth Caritas Florida recently visited the chapter’s Basics4Babies emergency pantry for infants to help package and prepare diapers to distribute to families in need.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies’ Basics4Babies stocks diapers in multiple sizes, which are made available to low-income families in the community, along with other products to off-set some of the high costs associated with infant care. More than 10,000 expectant women are served through this, and other services provided by the nonprofit, each year.
“The board and staff of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, extends our gratitude to AmeriHealth Caritas Florida for volunteering with us in our Basics4Babies emergency pantry and for the many ways they continue to invest in our programs,” said CEO of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County Michelle Gonzalez.
The visit from AmeriHealth Caritas Florida is the most recent in several collaborative efforts with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies—a 40-year nonprofit committed to improving birth outcomes. AmeriHealth Caritas Florida has also contributed a total of $5,000 to the nonprofit’s Stronger Together initiative to provide doula certification to Black women, qualifying them to provide psychosocial, emotional, and educational support to mothers of similar racial backgrounds through the coalition’s maternal health program.
Through its maternal support program for members, Bright Start®, AmeriHealth Caritas Florida also has referred expectant women to Healthy Mothers, Health Babies for educational and support services.
“Over the years, Palm Beach County has seen dramatic racial disparities in maternal deaths. Working in tandem with Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies on these initiatives to create greater maternal health equity not only strengthens our communities today but creates a path for healthier and more prosperous communities tomorrow,” said AmeriHealth Caritas Florida Market President Melody Bonomo.