Resources & News

Find the latest information, announcements and resources for home visiting and doula program staff, families and communities.

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The Home Visiting & Doula Network has compiled and summarized resources and information we think you might find helpful and interesting. Scroll down to find what you’re interested in and need this week!

Please feel free to email Cristina Gonzalez del Riego with any questions you may have or to share a resource for the community!

Courses, Webinars & Workshops

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New Training Opportunity

Illinois Contraceptive Access Now (ICAN!) is a contraceptive equity initiative working with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) across the state to make sure that all people in Illinois can access high-quality, trauma-informed contraceptive care without financial barriers if they want or need it. ICAN! provides support to home visiting staff and other social service providers to help you refer your clients to partnering FQHCs for contraceptive and primary care needs. Watch ICAN!’s free, on-demand 15-minute training video on Connecting Communities to Birth Control (available with Spanish subtitles) to learn how to have a person-centered conversation with your clients on birth control and connect them to care. You can also use ICAN!’s birth control quiz to help clients learn about their options. Learn more at If you are interested in tailored support or a facilitated training for your team, please reach out to Isha Datta (

Home Visitor Reflective Practice Groups

We continue to offer these opportunities for home visitors and doulas to gather virtually, across models and regions of the state to reflect on their work and a specific theme each month. Some folks attend regularly, others episodically—whatever meets the schedule and interest of direct service staff. The groups are offered in English and Spanish. Please share the flyer with the dates with your team. The July-September dates are now available for registration at; HV RPG July-September; Grupos julio-septiembre

Groups for FY 24 are not yet posted to the Start Early training calendar but they will be offered.

Start Early PLN Course Catalog:

You can find our most current Course Catalog with descriptions of our offerings here: PLNCourseCatalog-Spring2023

Resources to Expand Your Knowledge

Community & Family Resources

Community & Family Resources

Chicago Beyond has announced a $1.6 million, multiyear investment in Centro Sanar, a non-profit treatment center that provides bilingual and bicultural mental health services for Latinx communities on the Southwest Side of Chicago. This partnership supports Centro Sanar’s replicable, alternative model to the current mental health industry to address critical, nationwide mental health service gaps in Latinx communities.

Centro Sanar is committed to closing the disparity gap by ensuring equitable access to culturally sensitive, community-centered care. The team offers a wide range of mental health services, helps people to overcome barriers to seeking support, and provides treatment at multiple sites to increase accessibility to services. Learn more about Centro Sanar and its services here.

Access to Doctor’s Appointments
Need help getting to a doctor’s visit? Use the Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Consumer Benefits Transportation Toolkit Link to learn how to set up a ride, what additional rides are covered by your plan, and what to think about when planning ahead. MCOMembertoolkit

Governor Pritzker Launches Illinois Cares for Kids
          Statewide Enrollment Campaign “I Got Love / ¡Siento Amor!”
Governor JB Pritzker announced the launch of “I Got Love / ¡Siento Amor!”, the statewide enrollment campaign for childcare and early education services, featuring Illinois artists, musicians, and production partners. More information on programs is available at

Affordable Connectivity Program
The Region 5 Office of Child Care has announced that the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is now open. The ACP is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help low-income households pay for internet service and connected devices. Eligible households can enroll in the ACP through an approved provider or by visiting one of two simple and easy-to-use websites: or

Keep Medicaid Coverage
Starting May 2023, we must ask Medicaid customers in Illinois to renew their healthcare coverage. People who use Medicaid have had continuous coverage since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but Congress has ended the pause on annual eligibility verifications, known as redeterminations, or simply, renewals. Visit the website for more information.

Programs & Staff Resources

Research Opportunities

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