A Policy Advocate In Training

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Originally posted on January 7, 2021

Hannah arrived at Maternity Care Coalition with a passion for the connection between a mother and child, and an eagerness to learn about the ties between community organization and policy.

For one month, Hannah interned with MCC’s Policy and Advocacy Team with little to no previous policy experience. The most she had learned was during her involvement with youth and government in high school. At MCC, Hannah learned how policy shapes health outcomes.

” I learned that Medicaid in PA only covers new moms 60 days postpartum. As a physician, I understand that insurance coverage dictates whether or not people will receive care,” said Hannah.

Currently, Hannah, a medical student at Jefferson, is interviewing for pediatric residencies and in her spare time is learning more about reproductive justice. After her time spent with MCC, Hannah feels empowered to work with legislators to support mothers and children.

“Mom and baby are my patients. I now understand that I should be checking in with mom during the postpartum period as our healthcare system does not care for mothers adequately in their fourth trimester, ” said Hannah.