Maternity Care Coalition recently announced that it is a finalist in Aetna’s 2019 Voices of Health, a competition and celebration of grassroots non-profit organizations across the country that are working to address social determinants of health in their communities. Online voting is available to the public until October 13 at www.aetnavoicesofhealth.com/2019/philadelphia/agencies/maternity-care-coalition.
All organizations participating in this year’s Voices of Health competition, including Maternity Care Coalition, were selected in April during a public nomination period.
Aetna will award $20,000 to the organization that receives the most online votes in its market. There are five organizations participating in Aetna’s Philadelphia market.
When asked why she believed Maternity Care Coalition was nominated, CEO Marianne Fray said, “MCC provides information and support that saves lives and reduces barriers to quality health and childcare. With another $20,000, Maternity Care Coalition could further support the social, physical and cognitive development of children ages 0 – 3 and fulfill what Fray believes is MCC’s purpose – “to dismantle health, racial and social inequities – one mother and baby at a time.”
Founded in 1980, Maternity Care Coalition (MCC) focuses on improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, parents, and young children. MCC’s comprehensive approach includes public policy advocacy, research, and direct services for families, focusing particularly on neighborhoods with high rates of poverty, infant mortality, health disparities, and changing immigration patterns.
The Aetna “Voices of Health” website features a one-minute video from each organization describing how the prize money would help it further its mission. Organizations are able to advocate for votes in different ways, including sharing their videos through social media and other communication channels.
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