Systematically changing healthcare for all mothers

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Our Mission

All pregnant and parenting people will have access to equitable and just care during all points of pregnancy and through the first year postpartum, irrespective of race, ethnicity or socio-economic background. Healthy children will be born to healthy families and communities.

 
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Who we are

We are a group of health equity and social justice advocates whose goal is to improve outcomes for pregnant parenting people. We realized while sharing experiences of birth and reproductive health with one another, and realized that we all had a unique story that affected our experience as being women, moms, parents, fathers, and supporters. While our experiences were all unique and important, we recognized that many others were not as lucky as we were. We are advocates. We are change makers. We envision a future healthier and stronger for all families and community.

 

Board of Directors

 
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Elena Osborne, MSN, RN

Elena has been in the healthcare industry for over 10 years. She started her career as an RN in a Seattle based community health center and moved into clinical quality informatics and analytics. Long before she was in healthcare, she passionately believed in health equity, especially for woman and children. She works on impacting the systems of care delivery to empower care teams to provide evidence based and socially competent clinical care. Elena lives in Seattle with her husband, Jon and three young children. In her free time she loves to spend time outside with her family skiing, camping, visiting farmers markets, and enjoying time with friends and family.

 

Jackie Vaughn

Jackie Vaughn is the Executive Director of Surge Reproductive Justice. Jackie has a background in political and community organizing. As a Black and Chicana woman, she understands the importance of multi-issue and intersectional organizing. As a mother, she has a special interest in addressing the disparities that exist for Black maternal health. Using a Reproductive Justice framework is imperative to the work Jackie does in order to empower her community and create solutions that are holistic and address systemic issues.

 

Kavita Malling

Kavita Malling has over 12 years of experience working in the health care industry, providing organizations with project management and leadership expertise in care delivery operations, process improvement, business development, and quality & patient safety. She has a proven track record of working on complex enterprise-wide strategic initiatives and partnering with multi-disciplinary teams to implement new programs. Her most recent projects also include organizational effectiveness and change management. In Kavita’s spare time, she enjoys working with non-profit organizations either in a governance role as board chair and/or member or as a volunteer. She also enjoys cooking and being outdoors with her family. 

Alisa Ple-Plakon

Lead Senior Analyst Payor Economics, Corporate Finance, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Benjamin Jenson

Engangement Manager, Camber Collective

Jacqueline Barton True

Vice President, Rural Health at Washington State Hospital Association

Sarah Karim

Independent Consultant, Facilitation

Rokea Jones

Community outreach doula at Open Arms, Seattle Women’s Commission, and advocate for black maternal health