bi3 awards $6.5 million in transformational grants to Black-led nonprofits to accelerate health equity
bi3 is awarding $6.5 million in grants to four Black women-led local nonprofit organizations to accelerate health equity. Funding will strengthen efforts to reduce infant mortality, improve birth outcomes for Black families and address social barriers to better health.
“bi3 is leading the way to a day when every person has a fair and just opportunity to achieve their best health,” said Jill Miller, President and CEO of bi3. “Funders have historically underinvested in Black-led organizations, creating and maintaining gaps in racial assets which negatively impact the community’s ability to achieve health equity. bi3 has intentionally increased our investment in Black-led organizations to build solutions with communities to improve health outcomes.”
bi3 grants include:
$3.3 million to Cradle Cincinnati: This three-year grant will support more than 1,500 Black women of childbearing age through the supportive community of Queens Village, expanding doula services and championing policies to support pregnant people and families.
$1.5 million to Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio: The three-year bi3 grant will expand efforts at Urban League to partner with Black-led community organizations to advance employment opportunities, financial stability, social equality and leadership.
$1.5 million to YWCA Greater Cincinnati: The three-year grant will sustain YWCA trauma-informed domestic violence shelters and housing programs. It will also expand racial equity training and establish partnerships to advocate for policy change.
$200,000 to Me & She Doula Services: bi3 will support expanded access to doulas through a three-year grant. Me & She Doula will offer free and reduced-cost services and classes, offering pregnancy, postpartum and parenting support groups.
bi3 welcomes Jena’ Bradley and Zohar Perla as directors
bi3 continues to add capacity and experience with the addition of two new team members, Jena’ Bradley and Zohar Perla. Their extensive experience and unwavering commitment to community empowerment and impact align seamlessly with bi3’s purpose to lead the way to a day when every person has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
Jena’ joins the team as Director of Community Partnerships and Zohar as Director of Evaluation and Learning.
bi3 grantee partner shares impact of doula services
Doulas improve birth outcomes, especially for Women of Color. bi3 funds forward-looking health and healthcare solutions that have the ability to jump-start and scale new approaches to improve community health. One of our funding priorities is accelerating birth equity.
In this video, Myla Perry, Founder of bi3 grantee partner NyNi, Inc., shares how expanding access to doula services can improve birth outcomes for Black families.