ADVANCING WOMEN & PUBLIC POLICY
YWCA Kalamazoo’s newest department was created in 2015 with a goal of being a resource to all women and girls in our community. Through awareness campaigns and educational programming, Women’s Initiatives educates, engages, and mobilizes the community about racial justice, gender equity, and gendered violence. By educating the public and policymakers on a local, state and federal level regarding women’s health and safety, women’s economic empowerment, and racial justice and civil rights, YWCA Kalamazoo ensures that the voices of underrepresented communities are heard.
Learn more about Women’s Initiatives Programs:
Infant Mortality Initiative
YWCA Kalamazoo is leading the effort to curb infant mortality in Kalamazoo. Women’s Initiatives offers the following programs:
- Cradle Kalamazoo, formerly known as the Kalamazoo Infant Mortality Community Action Initiative (KIMCAI), is a multi-agency community initiative lead by YWCA Kalamazoo. By bringing together community leaders and organizations to implement evidence-based and holistic interventions, our goal is to reduce infant death and promote respect for families, women and their children.
- YWCA Kalamazoo has taken additional steps to provide services to pregnant and new mothers of color. Women and Infant Supportive Help (WISH) provides ongoing, positive support for pregnant women and parenting mothers through one-on-one personal visits, peer support, and education.
- YWCA Kalamazoo Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) is a home visiting program for parents with Medicaid insurance in Kalamazoo County that provides care coordination services to promote healthy pregnancies, successful birth outcomes, and healthy infant development for those who are pregnant or with children ages 0-1.