OUR VOICES: OUR VISION
SUMMIT ON WOMEN AND GIRLS
We shared stories, discovered what is working and what is not and imagined a city where all women and girls can thrive.
Through a collaborative, consensus-building process that led to the Summit on Women and Girls, proposals for change around three clusters of issues were identified to help New Orleans become a healthier and more equitable city.
Improving access to health care
Advancing community-based health care networks to improve access to health care in communities where social determinants of health are poor
Educating health care professionals specifically about the needs of minority and impoverished populations
Delivering quality health care to all mothers and babies
Encouraging minority populations to become health care professionals
Providing respectful and culturally-appropriate care
Adopting a holistic approach to education and wellness to include financial, reproductive and mental health
Addressing wage disparities, particularly for women of color, to ensure that all women earn a living wage through a “Successful Women, Successful Communities” campaign
Improving paid maternal leave policies
Creating a city Office of Women and Girls
Increasing support for the elderly to reduce the burden on women as caregivers
Addressing trauma, increasing security
Creating community-based safe spaces for women to connect, share experiences and network
Implementing trauma-informed frameworks at all levels to prevent re-traumatization
Advancing policies of disciplinary equity
Improving access to mental health services to reduce recidivism
Replacing punitive methods with restorative approaches
Next Steps: Investing in Action
The Health of Our City Begins With Our Mothers and Children
With funding from the WK Kellogg Foundation, Nola4Women and the Greater New Orleans Foundation are launching the New Orleans for Maternal and Child Health initiative to change the poor health outcomes for women and children in our city. Nola4MCH's goal is to strategically align investments within the philanthropic community to improve the health status of women, infants, youth and families in our community.
Creative Solutions: The Greater Nola4Women Fund
To support the issues you highlighted and the actions you suggested, and in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Nola4Women is proud to have established the Greater Nola4Women Fund – the very first fund in the city to invest specifically in bold, creative solutions to benefit women and their families in critical areas such as maternal and child health, physical, mental and economic safety and security, healthy development of girls and advocacy. For more information, please email Kathy Seligman at email@example.com or Allie Betts at firstname.lastname@example.org.