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Category: Maternal and Child Health

Statement in Response to Leaked U.S. Supreme Court Draft Opinion

Today, HELP: MLP joins countless other women’s rights and public health advocates in expressing our profound disappointment with the draft opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding abortion rights in our nation. Access to safe abortion is not only essential health care, but fundamental to protecting our public’s health. Ensuring the right to a safe abortion is both a matter of equity and social justice. HELP: MLP stands firmly for reproductive justice, which requires access to a full range of safe, legal, and affordable reproductive health care, including abortion. The… Read more Statement in Response to Leaked U.S. Supreme Court Draft Opinion

Philadelphia Nursing-Legal Partnership 2021 Recap

With the ongoing suffering, loss, and hardship families across the nation experienced in 2021, we are lucky to share that as a partner to the Philadelphia Nursing-Legal Partnership (NLP), in collaboration with the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC), we were able to continue our mission of improving the health and wellness of mothers, children, and families in Philadelphia. The NLP serves families participating in two evidence-based maternal and child health programs, Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership and Mabel Morris Family Home Visit Programs. Between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021, the… Read more Philadelphia Nursing-Legal Partnership 2021 Recap

HELP: MLP welcomes Eileen Somers!

The HELP: MLP team is excited to announce that Eileen Somers, Esq. joined the organization on September 1, 2021. Eileen brings a wealth of experience to HELP: MLP and has demonstrated a deep commitment to improving the health of families in Delaware County. Eileen supports the Foundation of Delaware County’s Healthy Start and Nurse-Family Partnership programs and focuses her practice on housing and consumer issues. Prior to joining HELP: MLP, she spent seven years as a civil litigation associate at Faegre, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she… Read more HELP: MLP welcomes Eileen Somers!

Child Tax Credit 2021: Your Questions Answered

What is the Child Tax Credit? The Child Tax Credit (CTC) is a benefit for parents or guardians with qualifying dependent children to lower their taxes. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Rescue Plan Act has expanded the CTC to include more families who may need assistance. The benefit is different this year, as families no longer need to wait until they file their taxes in 2022. Families can get a cash “advance” on the CTC through monthly payments beginning July, 2021. What can I get? You may be… Read more Child Tax Credit 2021: Your Questions Answered

Fighting Racism in Reproductive Healthcare

In December 2020, the Philadelphia Nursing-Legal Partnership hosted a Brunch and Learn focused on Community-Driven Strategies to Fight Racism in Reproductive Healthcare. Designed to encourage interprofessional collaboration, Brunch and Learns bring together home visitors, public health nurses, lawyers, and community members, each with their own unique perspectives. An overarching goal of the NLP has always been to address the egregious rates of infant mortality among Black women, driven by systemic racism and discrimination. In the midst of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, worldwide Black Lives Matter… Read more Fighting Racism in Reproductive Healthcare

Supporting Parenting Youth Transitioning to Adulthood: Brunch & Learn

On March 3, the Philadelphia Nursing-Legal Partnership, a collaboration between HELP: MLP and Philadelphia Nurse-Family Partnership and Mabel Morris Family Home Visit Programs, hosted a Brunch and Learn community event on how to support parenting youth who are transitioning to adulthood. The event featured people with lived and experience, advocates, and experts to discuss strategies across a spectrum of needs to support young parents. Presentation descriptions and materials are linked below: Supporting Educational Success of Students who are Pregnant or Parenting led by Darlene Hemerka, Esq., Staff Attorney, Public Interest… Read more Supporting Parenting Youth Transitioning to Adulthood: Brunch & Learn