Uzazi Village

Healthy Babies. Healthy Families. Healthy Village.

Kansas City, MO   |  www.uzazivillage.org

Mission

Our Mission is to center Black and Brown Families in maternal and infant health.

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

Ms. Hakima Payne

COO/Director of Programs

Mariah Chrans

Main address

4232 Troost

Kansas City, MO 64110 USA

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EIN

46-0589830

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Reproductive Rights (R61)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (V01)

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Perinatal Community Health Worker Program

The Perinatal Community Health Worker Program uses a community-based public health approach to decrease maternal and infant health inequities in low resource communities among those utilizing Medicaid as healthcare insurance for pregnancy coverage. The program recruits community women, trains them to be Perinatal Community Health Workers (PCHW) and assigns them to work within their own communities with low resource pregnant women utilizing Medicaid. The PCHWs are required to have 164 hours of training in childbirth education, doula training, contraceptive counseling, and breastfeeding counseling. Our PCHWs provide home visits, provide personalized education, model healthy behaviors, support informed decision-making, and advocate for evidence-based care. The service includes of 3 prenatal visits, labor and birth assistance, and two postpartum visits. Visits are reimbursed by the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations. About 49% of Missouri women use Medicaid for pregnancy.

Population(s) Served

The Lactation Mentorship Program was created to bring equity to the Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) credential. The current membership is estimated to be 87.1% White, 1.6% Black, 4.7% Latina, 1.4% Asian, and 0.8% Native American. These percentages do not reflect current percentages within the American population and as such reflect racially-based disparities in the profession which can impact access to professional lactation care for communities of color and other vulnerable communities. Our program provides 500 mentorship hours by linking interns with qualified sites throughout our city. Our program is designed to help diversify the profession and thereby give more women of color access to IBCLCs. The program works on a sliding scale fee based on income. Our interns take an average of 10 months to get their 500 hours working 2-3 eight hour shifts a week. Our capacity is based on the number of available sites. We have had nine interns total.

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Uzazi Village

Board of directors
as of 3/15/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Cecilia-Ananya Belser-Patton

Community Advocate

Term: 2017 - 2029

Diane Burkholder

DB Approach LLC

Cecilia-Ananya Belser-Patton

Community Advocate

Keith Williston

Lawyer

Lamin Raffell

Community Member

Jasmine Moore

JOCO Health Department

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No