Healthy Women Healthy Baby Zones

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium (DHMIC) are dedicated to awarding mini grants to support local organizations whose results-driven work strives to reduce infant and mother mortality as well as morbidity among minority populations in Delaware.



2020 Mini-Grantees


Established more than 35 years ago, the Parent Information Center provides tools for parents, caregivers, and advocates of children to secure appropriate education and related services. It currently serves 2,000 families and professionals annually, and has applied for funding under Social Networking and Empowerment and Toxic Stress/Adverse Childhood Experiences, to provide prenatal and postpartum support by creating a community-based doula program in Seaford/Sussex (ZIP code 19973). With its grant funding, the Parent Information Center will train six doulas, who will provide nonclinical emotional, physical, and informational support before, during, and after labor and birth to potentially 20 to 30 women. In partnership with community organizations, the program will also provide virtual training on childbirth education, breastfeeding initiation, prenatal nutrition, healthy family relationships, and community supports; empower women to be their own self-advocates; provide one-on-one coaching calls with pregnant women (prenatal and postpartum) starting six weeks before due date and continuing six weeks postpartum; offer postpartum support groups with other new parents as well as breakout sessions on breastfeeding, sexuality, mental health, and infant development; and create an awareness campaign focused on prenatal and postpartum support.



The mission of Rose Hill Community Center is to build strong individuals, families, and communities by addressing the educational, recreational, and social well-being of their neighboring communities. This organization will use its grant funding to address toxic stress — as they feel that stress during the pandemic has led to fear and anxiety, and has caused residents in their service area to be overwhelmed and have feelings of isolation and loneliness. Rose Hill’s funded program will work to serve women ages 15 to 44 in New Castle (ZIP code 19720) and Wilmington (ZIP code 19801) by providing free mental health workshops with psychologists and psychiatrists twice a month, covering the following topics: feelings of isolation, depression, self-care, setting boundaries, stress, and knowing your triggers, etc. Rose Hill will provide lessons on reducing stress, breathing sessions, mindfulness training, and journaling. They will also provide massage therapy and stretching techniques (three times per client), as well as yoga lessons once a week. The organization expects to serve 40 to 50 women under this program and will measure success using the perceived stress scale before and after the program.



Working since July 1999 to empower people of color through civil rights, the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League (MWUL) will be serving as a fiscal agent for Black Mothers in Power (BMIP), a grassroots organization focusing on Black mothers in the community and underserved populations. The Metropolitan Urban League will use grant money to provide and sponsor a doula program to train 10 Black women to become certified doulas through the National Black Doula Association. The organization will be training five doulas in New Castle County and Kent County, and will be focusing on engaging at-risk pregnant women who live in high-risk zones. Each doula will help women during the critical times of pregnancy, birth and postpartum, and early parenting, serving potentially 45 women during the period of the grant.



Through its funded program, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware will provide breastfeeding support groups to the HWHB high-risk zones of Wilmington, Claymont, and Seaford. It will offer accessible support, engaging groups, text check-ins, access to variable levels of lactation support, and incentives for participation. In addition, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware will hire three diverse breastfeeding peer counselors (BPC) and one lactation consultant to provide breastfeeding support to women. At the completion of the program, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware will host a baby shower for participants, where they will provide needed baby supplies, education, and support to pregnant and postpartum women.

2019 Mini-Grantees


Delaware Adolescent Program Inc. (DAPI)

DAPI will serve teen mothers and their partners who live in high-risk zones throughout the state. DAPI will provide ongoing mentoring services and supports for social and emotional well-being, and support in navigating the health and social services system, including maternal and child health care services, housing programs, financial management, and economic empowerment. DAPI will also encourage college and career readiness based on each individual’s self-identified goals, identify and address adverse childhood experiences, and offer stress reduction and maternal health courses and co-parenting workshops. DAPI will provide services at each of its service sites, located in each county, as well as directly in the community and in collaboration with a variety of community-based partners.


Reach Riverside Development Corporation (REACH)
Multi-generational maternal and child health program

At its Kingswood Community Center located in the Riverside community in Northeast Wilmington, REACH will serve women of childbearing age and their families, targeting women who live in ZIP codes 19801 and 19802. To reduce toxic stress to women of childbearing age, REACH will create a multi-generational maternal and child health program with three components. First, a peer-to-peer program will provide mindful and empathetic services pre-, during, and post-pregnancy. The program will focus on stress and adverse childhood experiences training; examine the role of adverse experiences from a multigenerational lens; and address strategies to prevent transference of these experiences through the generation to children in particular. REACH plans to train at least 40 women during the period of the grant. Second, the organization will provide care management with referral and resource services, as well as case management via a community family and support service liaison. The liaison’s focus will be financial empowerment, self-sufficiency, and housing. Third, REACH will provide workshops to increase fatherhood/partner engagement, using strategies for inclusion and parenting dynamics that support mothers and their children.


Rose Hill Community Center
Women’s Wellness Program

The Rose Hill Community Center’s Women’s Wellness Program will offer women of childbearing age in the 19720 and 19801 ZIP codes the opportunity to take fitness, nutrition, and self-improvement classes at no cost. Fitness classes will include yoga, Zumba, and cardio kickboxing. One-on-one appointments with an on-site nurse will be available. Self-improvement classes will discuss ways to handle stress, positive self-image, combatting negative attitudes, conflict management, effective communication, parenting 101, couponing, social media, professionalism, discipline versus punishment, financial literacy, community resources, stress management, and goal setting. Free childcare will be available during classes. Participants will have access to an on-site mental health consultant who is a National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health. Fitness activities and other services will be tailored to pregnant women and other participants with specific needs through meetings with a nurse and Women’s Wellness Program staff.


Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCADV)
Community Health Worker Collaborative Project

DCADV will continue providing support and expand integration of its services with health services in New Castle County through its Community Health Worker Collaborative Project, which seeks to integrate domestic violence and health services to improve the health and safety of victims and survivors. The program will serve black and Hispanic/Latina women who are pregnant, parenting a child under the age of 5 years old, and/or of reproductive age, who are living in Wilmington, Claymont, Newark, and New Castle (ZIP Codes 19703, 19809, 19802, 19801, 19805, 19804, 19702 and 19720). The program will manage and expand service delivery to the HWHB target population; administer flexible Health Access Funds to support the safety and health of the participants; and train health care providers on best practices for domestic violence assessment and response, interviews, focus groups and/or surveys for individuals at the two New Castle County domestic violence shelters. It will work with direct service providers in the maternal and child health care and victim services fields to learn challenges and explore possible solutions.


Delaware Multicultural and Civic Organization (DEMCO, Inc.)

DEMCO will provide academic and life skills supports and job training education to young women of childbearing age, including those who are pregnant and parenting, who are living in Dover ZIP codes 19901 and 19904. Each woman served will be matched with a mentor to provide social and emotional support. The program will progress through a series of educational workshops to develop hard and soft skills to better prepare them for gainful employment and a career in the IT field. The program also includes support for fathers/partners, including effective fathers/partner parenting lessons, and an opportunity to engage in job shadowing and internship placement.


Hispanic American Association of Delaware
Mamas felices hijos felices (Happy Mothers, Happy Children)

The Hispanic American Association of Delaware will provide pregnancy and postpartum support in Spanish to women ages 15-44 who live in ZIP code 19720 in New Castle County. A support group called Mamas felices, hijos felices (Happy Mothers, Happy Children) will be located at Garfield Park, which is within walking distance for a high number of Latino families. Mamas felices, hijos felices will create wellness, resilience, hope, and connection for women adjusting to parenthood and experiencing pregnancy and postpartum emotional ups and downs. The support group will also address racism and language barriers by providing bilingual services. It will hire a dedicated community liaison to offer referrals to insurance and other needed services; reduce cultural mental health stigma in the Latino population; and provide support to families with recent migration and acculturative stress. The organization will also create a family network event to involve the whole family (especially fathers) and to connect the community to pregnancy and postpartum mental health resources.