Maternal Healthcare Access & Education
"You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you."
The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation aims to improve the well-being of the residents of Northern California and Hawaii by supporting, strengthening and enhancing programs and organizations that address the unmet health and healthcare needs of vulnerable members of the community. Our Maternal Healthcare Access & Education Program funds improvement in the availability of essential reproductive healthcare services for women in low-income communities.
The Foundation targets funding opportunities with realistic goals and diverse funding streams. Preference will be given to organizations that emphasize measurable effectiveness and demonstrate a commitment to promoting health equity. Time-limited projects which are difficult to fund through traditional channels will receive special consideration.
For many women, bringing a new life into the world is a very positive and fulfilling experience. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, especially for women living in low income, at-risk communities, where they are more likely to experience heightened levels of stress, fear and anxiety while also facing higher risks of complications, morbidity and even mortality. The United States spends approximately $98 billion annually on hospitalizations for pregnancy and childbirth—higher than any other country in the world, yet maternal death rates related to pregnancy and childbirth continue to rise. Furthermore, research has shown that African American women are roughly four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women in all other racial/ethnic groups.
According to the World Health Organization, about half of all maternal deaths in this country are preventable. Improving access to a full range of high quality and affordable reproductive health services can make a difference. Data indicates that in the United States, women without health insurance are 3-4 times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications. Increasing the availability of updated and accessible reproductive health information can also make a significant impact. Prenatal care programs play an important role in alleviating risk factors and improving pregnancy outcomes. Yet, due to lower levels of education and language barriers, immigrants and Latina women are at higher risk than white or black women for receiving little to no prenatal care.
The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation seeks to support organizations that work to eliminate health disparities by providing education about, and access to, essential maternal health care services.
By subsidizing effective programs and providing timely contributions for larger capital projects, we aspire to increase the number of women who receive adequate reproductive healthcare services in Northern California and Hawaii.
Grants will be made for:
Discounted Access to Services
Examples of the types of outreach that we are looking to support include (but are not limited to):
Birth Control and Family Planning
Midwifery and Doula Care
Perinatal Mental Health Resources
To submit a request for funding from the Maternal Healthcare Access and Education grant program, please follow the process outlined on the Apply page.