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New ROOTS, Beyond Medicalization: Midwives and Maternity Care in America

Introducing the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's new ROOTS publication, Beyond Medicalization: Midwives and Maternity Care in America.Under the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is rapidly moving into a new era of healthcare delivery. Across the country, maternal healthcare policies are changing daily in order to ensure birthing families hav...
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Pittsburgh nonprofits to receive $1 million grant to reduce maternal deaths and narrow disparities

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and its operating organization the Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal) are excited to announce the launch of Pittsburgh: A Safer Childbirth City, an initiative that aims to transform the city into a safer, more equitable and accessible place to give birth.Bringing together community organizati...
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JHF global health staffer opens youth leadership conference in Qatar

 Global Health Associate Hanifa Nakiryowa shared her story with 900 students from 16 countries at a youth leadership summit in Doha, Qatar on October 17.Nakiryowa, a staff member supporting JHF's Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal) since 2018, delivered the opening plenary address at the three-day Qatar Leadership Conference. ...
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JHF & WHAMglobal head to Toronto to study women’s health, attend IWF forum

​A dozen executive women from Pittsburgh and beyond are heading north of the border next month for a health study tour organized by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and its women's health arm, WHAMglobal.As with previous study tours of Spain and Australia, JHF and WHAMglobal are piggybacking onto an International Women's Forum's World Leadership Co...
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Watch, wait, and wonder: Australia early childhood expert shares best practices, inspiration

Early childhood expert Dr. Michael Zilibowitz brought insight and inspiration to Pittsburgh last week from the exemplary early childhood center he runs near Sydney, Australia.The Dalwood Spilstead Early Years Intervention and Support Service Center provides multidisciplinary health, education, and support services for families struggling with paren...
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Doulas-in-training offer vital support for immigrant and refugee moms

Doulas can play an important role in achieving a successful pregnancy. While OB/GYNs and nurse-midwives provide clinical oversight of pregnancy and childbirth, a doula can provide physical, emotional, educational and practical support during events surrounding childbirth, including labor, delivery, breastfeeding, and family adjustment.For immigrant...
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Community-based organizations take the stage at PA PQC Learning Collaborative

More than 200 members of Pennsylvania's Perinatal Quality Collaborative gathered in Harrisburg last week to share insights and advances around their efforts to improve the quality of care for mothers and babies across prenatal, labor/birth, newborn, and postpartum services.They included medical professionals, social workers, quality and safety lead...
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WHAMglobal gears up for more activism with March For Moms

March For Moms Association, now in its third year, is a growing, multi-stakeholder coalition to improve the wellbeing of mothers in the United States and reduce maternal mortality. The coalition convenes national stakeholders to speak with a common voice, urging policymakers and other leaders to reduce maternal mortality and bad pregnancy outcomes....
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PA PQC’s results highlighted at Transforming Women’s Health symposium

JHF Global Health Associate Hanifa Nakiryowa (pictured) reported great turnout during the poster presentation session of Adagio Health's Second Annual Transforming Women's Health Symposium on September 24. "Several people were impressed by the role the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative is playing in responding to the opioid crisis. The f...
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Women of Impact: Public Health Cohort Gathers in Pittsburgh

Two dozen members of the newly established Women of Impact Public Health Cohort gathered in Pittsburgh last month to reflect and recharge.Meeting August 7-9 at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's airy 26th floor conference space, the women participated in an intensive leadership development training presented by the de Beaumont Foundation, which adv...
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Jewish Healthcare Foundation Gives $20,000 Award for Excellence in Maternity Care

Twenty-nine graduate students and young professionals representing 17 healthcare disciplines participated in the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's (JHF) Patient Safety Fellowship and awarded $20,000 to Penn Medicine's Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, recognizing their excellence in improving maternal care and addressing racial disparities. ...
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Jewish Healthcare Foundation Approves $115K to Support Teen Mental Health and Reduce Maternal Mortality

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation on August 26 approved three grants to extend its efforts in support of adolescent behavioral health and maternal health. The grants support initiatives to engage teens in mental health and mental wellness in Squirrel Hill; pilot a school-based behavioral health program in the South Hills; and improve the reach and e...
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Former JHF intern joins staff supporting maternal health initiative

 Elizabeth Balskus joined the Jewish Healthcare Foundation on Aug. 12 as Quality Improvement Facilitator for Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative. The collaborative, known as the PA PQC, was launched in April by JHF to bring together maternity care units to identify and adopt practices for better maternal health outcomes. Balskus will ...
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Department of Health Launches eWIC Card to Makes Access to Nutritious Food Easier in Southwest Pennsylvania

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced last week that the Wolf Administration launched the eWIC program on July 22, 2019, for families in Southwestern Pennsylvania who receive benefits in Pennsylvania's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)."Families in Southwestern Pennsylvania will no...
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AHN holds its 2nd annual Conference on Behavioral Health Models of Care for Immigrants and Refugees

On Wednesday July 17, 2019, The Allegheny Health Network's Center for Inclusion Health gathered different behavioral health providers in Allegheny County to discuss ways to improve care for immigrants and refugees. The conference emphasized the importance of trauma informed and culturally competent interventions to address the behavioral and mental...
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Pregnancy-Related Deaths Reflect How Implicit Bias Harms Women. We Need To Fix That.

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This article originally appeared on STAT News: reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine.Laurie Zephyrin, M.D., is the vice president for health care delivery system reform at The Commonwealth Fund, a member of Women of Impact, and a WHAMglobal Board Member.I have had babies, delivered other women's babies, and worked in a bustling, ...
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Maternal Health-Focused Patient Safety Fellowship Kicks Off

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Where is the safest and most comprehensive perinatal program in Pennsylvania? How are maternal health practitioners factoring "implementation science" into their programs? On June 4, this summer's Patient Safety Fellowship kicked off with the unique opportunity to combine Jewish Healthcare Foundation's signature quality improvement methodology (Per...
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It was one WHAM of a weekend

It was one WHAM of a weekend
The Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal) connected with hundreds of women and girls on June 8 and 9 with two public events on the theme of "Birthing A Movement." WHAMglobal's mission is to identify the root causes of maternal mortality and better understand how to support and care for moms through the entirety of their care. At the ...
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Infant Mortality Collaborative 2nd Quarter Membership Meeting Recap

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The Allegheny County Infant Mortality Collaborative (IMC) hosted one of their quarterly meetings last week but took a slightly different approach. Dr. Lyn Robertson, DrPh, MSN, BSN, was invited to speak about ACCURE, a cancer research study she has been heading for the past few years. The ACCURE study focused on the positive effects of anti-ra...
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Birthing a Movement was a great event, thanks to our partners.

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Birthing a Movement: An Evening of Art and Activism kicked off with a cocktail reception on Saturday June 8th, at the William Pitt Union. Over 100 individuals attended the opening reception on Saturday night with the opportunity to engage with interactive and displayed art from 11 different local artists and 3 featured exhibits from the U...
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The Heinz Endowments awards 300k in support of JHF programs

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The Heinz Endowments has made a significant grant to the Jewish Healthcare Foundation to help launch two new programs in 2019: $100,000 for the Grandparent Activist Network (GRAN) to strengthen the connections between the regions seniors and youth, and $200,000 for the WHAMglobal Community Fund to establish an innovative collaborative for maternal ...
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Reinvigorating and Reimaging The Pennsylvania WIC Program

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The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as the WIC Program, has been a cornerstone in efforts to support the health of mothers and babies – physically, socially and mentally – for more than 40 years. By providing nutritious supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, education on healthy eatin...
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WHAMglobal Participates in U.S. Birth Summit IV

Over 150 leaders met in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from March 30 to April 2 to envision an equitable maternity care system. The Jewish Healthcare Foundation and WHAMglobal were among the sponsors of the U.S. Birth Summit IV, created and organized by the University of British Columbia and its Birth Place Lab. A Pittsburgh delegation — including maternal ...
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Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative Relays Legislative Agenda to Harrisburg Leaders

The Pennsylvania Health Funders Collaborative held its spring meeting with a dozen state legislators and administration officials on April 29 in Harrisburg. The 25 members from PHFC, a network of 45 health foundations across the state, focused on four areas:WIC (Women, Infants, and Children). For its 45thanniversary, Gov. Tom Wolf proclaimed May as...
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Overflow Crowd at the First Learning Collaborative of PA-PQC in Harrisburg

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The statewide kickoff for the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) was standing-room only. The April 24 event at the Harrisburg Hilton was the first gathering of healthcare professionals who will work across disciplines to improve maternity care for mothers and infants and to prevent needless mortalities."We planned for 150 people,...
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Jewish Healthcare Foundation Assembles Healthcare Leaders at the International Women's Forum in Barcelona

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During the International Women's Forum conference in Barcelona, JHF helped to organize the April 11 breakfast meeting for IWF leaders who share an interest in health and health care. The first formal program of IWF's Women in Health Care Special Interest Group — initiated by JHF President Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, and WHAMglobal Chair Debra Caplan...
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WHAMglobal Supports Zita Healthy Beginnings’ Maternal Health Workshop hosted on April 13, 2019

Zita's Healthy Beginnings, a nonprofit started by Zita Iwuoha to respond to the maternal health crisis in rural Nigeria, hosted their first-ever maternal health workshop for women of African descent in the diaspora.The purpose of the workshop was to explore the intersectionality of pregnancy and birth risks that affect women both in Africa and in t...
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ACNM-PA Holds the First Annual Midwifery Forward Conference

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The Pennsylvania Affiliate of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM-PA) held its first annual meeting, Midwifery Forward 2019, on March 23 and 24 at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. WHAMglobal and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation were among the sponsors. The event was for midwives, midwifery students, and other healthcare professiona...
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First Meeting of WHAMglobal Board of Trustees Spans the Globe

The first Board of Trustees meeting of WHAMglobal (Women's Health Activist Movement), held as a webinar from the Jewish Healthcare Foundation's office on the afternoon of March 13, was a worldwide affair. Nadene Alhadeff logged in from Australia — local time, 5 a.m. — with strong coffee at hand. In Israel, Chen Shapira, MD, pushed back her bedtime ...
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Jewish Healthcare Foundation's Vice Chair Debra Caplan Receives 'Women of Influence' Award

Jewish Healthcare Foundation's Vice Chair Debra Caplan Receives 'Women of Influence' Award
Debra Caplan, MPA, vice chair of JHF's Board of Trustees, was selected as one of the region's Women of Influence by the Pittsburgh Business Times. She received the award at a ceremony at the Westin Convention Center Hotel on March 20.Two other women with ties to the Foundation were among the 26 honored:Health Careers Futures Board Member Jessica Br...
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WHAMglobal Year in Review

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2018 has been an incredible year for the Women's Health Activist Movement (WHAMglobal). Thank you for being a part of the movement! In 2018, there has been an incredible amount of momentum around reducing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. This year, WHAMglobal was busy advocating for changes to improve maternal health. Below is a list of...
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Legislative Victories for Maternal Health in the United States

Throughout 2018, a number of strides were made to improve maternal health in the United States and Pennsylvania. This blog outlines some of the key legislative victories of the year.Pennsylvania Establishes a Maternal Moratality Review Committee (MMRC) - Earlier this year, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 24 of 2018, which established a Maternal Mortal...
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Top 10 News Stories of 2018 that Inspired WHAMglobal

 1. "Why America's Black Mothers and Babies are in a Life-or-Death Crisis" - New York Times Magazine 2. "Lost Mothers" - ProPublica 3. "Why giving birth in the U.S. is surprisingly deadly" - National Geographic  4. "Deadly Deliveries: How hospitals are failing new moms" - USA Today  5. "The battle against infant mortality in Alleghen...
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National Leaders Explore Reforms, Innovations to Improve Maternal and Child Health

In response to our nation's troubling maternal and child health outcomes, JHF and its supporting organizations are working to re-imagine and redesign the birth experience—from care delivery improvements to payment reform, and from consumer advocacy to policy change. In December, JHF participated in two important conferences at the Kaiser Center for...
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Advisory Charts Steps to Make PA a Leader in Maternal, Child Health

On November 16, maternal and perinatal health leaders and experts from across the state gathered in Harrisburg for the first advisory meeting for Pennsylvania's newly formed Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC). Over 60 stakeholders joined the meeting both in-person and virtually. The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) is establishing th...
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Recap of the WHAMglobal Maternal Leaders Symposium

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The WHAMglobal team is excited to share the highlights and lessons learned from the Maternal Leaders Symposium on October 8. For an overview of the speakers and sessions from the Symposium, please watch the below video: If you would like a deeper dive into the themes from the day, as well as some key takeaways from the event, please download the at...
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WHAMglobal Symposium Gathers Worldwide Leaders to Confront Maternal, Infant Mortality Crises

On October 8, the Women's Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal), a supporting organization of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), hosted a Maternal Health Leaders Symposium at the Westin Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. Nearly 130 local, national, and international leaders gathered to identify cutting-edge research and evidence-...
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Pittsburgh Members of IWF attend World Leadership Conference, Establish Special Interest Group for Health Care

Pittsburgh Members of IWF attend World Leadership Conference, Establish Special Interest Group for Health Care
For more than 40 years, the International Women's Forum (IWF) has cultivated strong leadership around the globe. The invite-only organization has nearly 7,000 members spread across 33 countries and six continents, with decision-makers from Fortune 500 companies, government, the non-profit sector, the arts, and science among the network.That include...
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Kidsburgh Q&A with Karen Wolk Feinstein, WHAMglobal Founder

On October 24, WHAMglobal Founder Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, was featured in a Q&A with Kidsburgh. Kidsburgh is described as the "go-to online resource focusing on the people and ideas making Pittsburgh a better place to raise kids."In the Q&A, Dr. Feinstein discussed her reasons for founding the Women's Health Activsit Movement (WHAMg...
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A Message from Joanne Conroy, Woman of Impact and CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

More American women are dying of pregnancy-related complications in the U.S. than any other developed country. The rate of women who die during or after childbirth has been rising here in spite of a global downward trend elsewhere. From 2011 to 2015, more than 4,000 maternal deaths occurred in the U.S. I asked Dr. Liz Erekson, who is our interim ch...
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WHAMglobal Attends Policy Briefing by Women and Girls Foundation

On Thursday, September 27, the WHAMglobal team attended a luncheon hosted by the Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) for a policy briefing on women's issues in Pennsylvania. The briefing included remarks from Pennsylvania State Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky, the first woman ever elected to represent Pennsylvania's 161st District. Representativ...
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PRHI Receives Grant from Henry L. Hillman Foundation to Establish Maternal Coalition and Action Network

The Henry L. Hillman Foundation approved a $120,000 grant to the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) to help establish the Maternal Coalition and Action Network (MOMsCAN). MOMsCAN is a perinatal quality collaborative (PQC) that will build a statewide, multi-stakeholder coalition and use research, training, quality improvement, technical as...
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Women of Impact Celebrate Five Years of Advancing Leadership, Equity

On July 19-20, the Women of Impact gathered for an annual meeting that was held at the headquarters of AcademyHealth in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, the Women of Impact welcomed new members, explored their personal and professional legacies, and devised strategies to advance gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in health care.Five years ...
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HRSA awards $2M to maternal mortality program

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) today awarded $2 million to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality through the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM). This blog originally appeared as an HRSA Press Release at the following link: https://www.hrsa.gov/about/...
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"No Woman, No Cry" Film: A Look at Global Maternal Mortality

"No Woman, No Cry" was a thought provoking and inspiring film to watch as our team continues to work toward reducing maternal mortality.  This past week, WHAMglobal hosted a lunchtime documentary screening of the film "No Woman, No Cry." The documentary is directed by Christy Turlington who became an activist for safe childbirth and maternal h...
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WHAMglobal Team Member and Women's Health Activist Hanifa Nakiryowa Featured in PittWire

WHAMglobal team member Hanifa Nakiryowa was recently featured in a Pittwire article, highlighting her work as an activist for human rights and acid attack survivors. Hanifa is the founder of the Kampala-based Center for Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence (CERESAV). Hanifa is an acid attack survivor who has used her voice to adva...
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Jewish Healthcare Foundation to Provide a $600k Grant Develop a Women's Health Research & Policy Center

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation announced today that it will provide a $600,000 grant to develop a Women's Health Research & Policy Center at RAND, in partnership with the Magee-Womens Research Institute. This grant is a part of the WHAMglobal initiative at JHF.WHAMglobal's current policy priorities focus on reducing the rate of maternal morta...
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Global Health Activist Hanifa Nakiryowa Shares Story, Inspires

Hanifa Nakiryowa, MID, has inspired and activated health advocates around the world. The JHF Global Health Associate has strengthened services and supports for acid attack survivors, strived to prevent such violence in the first place, and now advances WHAMglobal's mission of reducing maternal mortality and supporting mothers through the entirety o...
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Women of Impact Recognized among Nation's Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders

​Modern Healthcare recently released its annual list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in the U.S. The exclusive list, compiled through a rigorous selection process, recognizes physicians in all healthcare sectors who are guiding their organizations through rapidly changing conditions while demonstrating leadership, innova...
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WHAMglobal Shares Insights on Australia’s Maternal Health System, Charts Next Steps

On June 26, the WHAMglobal team - and several of the national leaders in women's health, healthcare delivery, finance, and policy who also participated in the trip - shared their insights on the Australia excursion during a Health Careers Futures Board meeting. WHAMglobal also previewed how it plans to advance research, policy, and advocacy around ...
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