The Maternal and Infant Initiative and partners offer webinars to educate advocates on resources, updates, and opportunities from the field. These webinars are free and open to the public, past webinars and materials are made available for the public and hosted by EverThrive IL. 


Upcoming Webinars


EverThrive IL updates its organizational policy agenda annually.  The Health Reform Initiative also has a specific policy agenda, highlighting policy priorities for our field.


2017 Maternal and Infant Mortality Policy Priorities



The Campaign to Save our Moms and Babies (CSOMB) is a grassroots network of organizations and individuals who utilize a collective impact approach to address persistent racial disparities in infant and maternal health outcomes throughout Illinois by coordinating communications and events betw

EverThrive IL, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and numerous partners in Workgroup E of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) have developed a new online provider toolkit for perinatal care.

Currently families working low-wage jobs who do not qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are struggling to make ends meet and put food on their table.

As of September 2014 there were 1,030,544 households and 2,026,058 people in Illinois receiving SNAP. 

Tips for Safe Sleep in the Winter

As the nights are getting colder, it is important to remember to always put your baby to sleep safely, alone, on their back and in a crib.  Here are some more safe sleep winter tips:

COIIN in Illinois
The Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality is a public-private partnership to reduce infant mortality and improve birth outcomes. Participants learn from one another and national experts, share best practices and lessons learned, and track progress toward shared benchmarks.

Healthy Start

National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition

On September 13th, EverThrive IL and New Birth Church of Christ Block Club facilitated the Englewood Ministers Meeting. There were over 20 people in attendance representing nine churches. Topics include Flu Vaccine, Medicaid Managed Care, Infant Safe Sleep, and a special presentation on Cooking Matters by Elder Payton, the pastor at New Birth Church of Christ. Pastor Payton told the group of ministers and community leaders about his experience trying with new vegetables and learning about portion sizes.

Closing the Gap was established through a contract between the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Illinois Department of Human Services to improve the racial disparities in infant mortality. As part of this initiative, EverThrive IL, formerly the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, implemented a large scale media campaign, a grassroots education campaign, and community-wide provider networks.  This report sums up the challenges, recommendations, and outcomes from this initiative.

This report offers recommendations to lawmakers geared towards improving birth outcomes in Illinois.  The report is the product of more than two years of study into the causes of infant death in Illinois.  While it was published in 2009, many of the challenges are still prevalent today.  Nevertheless, we will be updating these recommendations in the coming year.

This grassroots network of organizations and individuals is dedicated to addressing the racial disparities in infant and maternal health in Chicago and Illinois. From our satellite office in Englewood, we support the local community and bring together stakeholders to develop priority areas around maternal and infant mortality.

This coalition of physicians, hospitals, and community and health organizations is committed to increasing quality health care access for premature infants and their families both within and beyond the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Text4baby is a free mobile health service designed to promote maternal and child health through weekly text messaging, provided by Zero to Three. As the Illinois coordinator, we promote the service throughout the state to expectant families. Text BABY to 511411 to receive three text messages a week, timed to your due date.