October 22, 2020
Happy fall! This e-newsletter brings you the second episode of Mothers First; community updates on Healthy Women Houston and Domestic Violence Awareness Month; and a reminder about voting in Election 2020. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.

Houston Public Media: Mothers First

After the long process of applying for Medicaid, Juanita Coleman was finally approved. She was 12 to 13 weeks pregnant and had difficulty finding a doctor who accepted Medicaid. In episode two, hear from Juanita as she shares her story of the care she received while on Medicaid and the struggle of trying to stay insured.

Dr. Carla Ortique, an obstetrician and gynecologist with The Women's Specialists of Houston at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women and Co-Chair of Improving Maternal Health Steering Committee, lends her expertise to share that many maternal morbidities happen after pregnancy when women are no longer able to receive Medicaid.

Mothers First is a limited digital series featuring stories of women and experts about their experiences with pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum time.

Healthy Women Houston

Healthy Women Houston received COVID-19, short-term, rapid response grant funding to be distributed to its new and existing members. If you or someone you know is pregnant and lives in the following ZIP codes – 77004, 77021, 77031, 77033, 77035, 77042, 77051, 77071, 77074 – please visit the website to make a referral for yourself or someone you know.
Healthy Women Houston provides access to high quality, personal medical and behavioral healthcare and trusted social service support referrals to connect the woman to the services she deserves. Refer a woman today by completing the online referral form.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

During October, we mourn the victims of domestic violence, celebrate the survivors who have come forward, and unite together in a call to end domestic violence. There is no excuse for domestic violence.

Election 2020

Early Voting in Texas began on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and goes through Friday, October 30, 2020. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. More information about voting in Harris County, including locations, hours and a sample ballot, can be found at the Harris County Clerk's Office website.
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