Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Announces $25K Award to Children’s National

JENNIFER BUSH-LAWSON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $25K AWARD TO CHILDREN’S NATIONAL
Inaugural Prize for Prenatal Innovation Award Will Support Research Project to Improve Mental Health in Pregnancy for Low-Income Black Women in Washington, DC

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CONTACT
Jennifer Myers
703-462-2336, jmyers@jb-lf.org

Morgan McKean
251-421-1111, mmckean2@childrensnational.org

ARLINGTON, VA, SEPT. 4, 2019 – The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JB-LF) is pleased to announce Children’s National as the winner of the inaugural Prize for Prenatal Innovation, which comes with an award of $25,000. The check will be awarded to Dr. Catherine Limperopoulos by JB-LF Founder Neal Lawson and Executive Director Jennifer Myers on Friday, Sept. 6 at 12pm at Children’s National, located at 111 Michigan Ave. NW. The check awarding event, in the hospital’s Costco Wholesale Atrium, is open to press; please RSVP to info@jb-lf.org.

JB-LF launched the Prize to uncover and support forward-thinking solutions that have the potential to improve access to prenatal care for disadvantaged women in the greater Washington, DC region. This inaugural award will support a citywide research project in Washington, DC, led by Dr. Limperopoulos to develop and implement strategies that reduce obstacles to screening for stress, depression, and anxiety in pregnancy and to provide necessary follow-up resources tailored for low-income black perinatal women.

Stress, depression, and anxiety are the most common complications of pregnancy, affecting up to 25% of women in the prenatal period and/or first postpartum year. For low-income black women, stark disparities cause an even greater burden, with 40% experiencing maternal distress.

The funds provided by JB-LF to Children’s National will specifically underwrite the work of the study’s Stakeholder Engagement Core (SEC), chaired by Robyn Russell and Patricia Quinn, fellows of the DC-Primary Care Association. The SEC will engage black pregnant women, community advocates and clinicians, and representatives from DC Health to adapt and refine proposed interventions. They will also monitor enrollment and follow-up, and disseminate local implementation of the study’s findings. The SEC’s role will ensure community voices strongly inform the research project’s final structure.

“Children’s National is honored to receive the inaugural Jennifer Bush-Lawson Prize for Prenatal Innovation. As a scientist focused on the developing brain, I see how unhealthy environments and maternal stress affect a child’s brain development, even before birth. By connecting with pregnant mothers and empowering them with tools to reduce their own stress and anxiety, we can help their babies have the best possible start to life. We are deeply grateful to the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation for partnering with us to create a citywide network that is strongly informed by community voices,” said Catherine Limperopoulos, PhD, Director and Principal Investigator of the Advanced Pediatric Brain Imaging Research Laboratory, the Center for the Developing Brain; Vice-Chair of Research in Radiology and Co-Director of Research in Newborn Medicine.

“We launched the Prize for Prenatal Innovation because too many vulnerable women don’t receive the type and level of care they need during pregnancy, and we wanted to make a difference. We’re incredibly pleased to partner with Children’s National to support this citywide research project, which could help many women and families now and in years to come,” said Neal Lawson, founder and chair of the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation.

About the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation

Established in honor of Jenn Lawson, who lost her life in 2014, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, serves economically vulnerable mothers and infants by working to increase access to high-quality maternal and infant care and support. Jennifer was a loving, dedicated mother of three, driven to advocacy after receiving high-quality care during her own complicated pregnancies. JB-LF seeks to embody her generous spirit by giving all mothers and newborns the means to thrive. More information is available at www.jb-lf.org and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Children’s National

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is the nation’s No. 6 pediatric hospital and, for the third straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded children’s hospital in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels.  For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Race, Bias, and Equity in Prenatal Care: No Pregnant Woman is the Same

Race, Bias, and Equity in Prenatal Care: No Pregnant Woman is the Same
June 26, 2019
By Amanda King, Wilson Center

It’s disturbing to see the data going in the wrong direction and it means we have to go beyond what we’ve been doing, said Terri D. Wright, Vice President of Programs and Community at the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation at a recent event on equitable prenatal care in the United States hosted by The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation and the American Medical Association at Duke University in DC. “We can’t do the same things the same way and expect a different outcome,” she said. “We’ve got to do something different.” …

Read the full post here: https://www.newsecuritybeat.org/2019/06/race-bias-equity-prenatal-care-pregnant-woman/

Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Continues Its Board Expansion

JENNIFER BUSH-LAWSON FOUNDATION CONTINUES ITS BOARD EXPANSION
Dr. Colleen Borelli joins the board of directors, Myrna Alphonse Newman and Elyssa Geschwind join advisory board

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CONTACT
Jennifer Myers
703-462-2336, jmyers@jb-lf.org

ARLINGTON, VA, MAY 15, 2019 – The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JB-LF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Colleen Borelli has joined its board of directors, effective May 11, 2019, and that Myrna Alphonse Newman and Elyssa Geschwind have joined the advisory board. Their additions, along with the recent additions of Kelly Garrity and Elizabeth Ingram, represent a strategic expansion of JB-LF’s board and its capabilities.

Dr. Borelli is a board certified OB/GYN who completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown and then earned a Masters in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University. She completed medical school and residency at The George Washington University, where she was named Resident Physician of the Year upon graduation. Her special interests include obstetrics, menopause, adolescent gynecology and minimally invasive GYN surgery. She has recently been listed as a “Top Doctor” in both Northern Virginia Magazine and Washingtonian. In her free time, she volunteers at the Arlington Free Clinic. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband and two children.

Newman, MA, NCC, is a trained NCS (Newborn Care Specialist)/Postpartum Doula and therapeutic nanny, with a particular interest in doula support systems and race disparities in postpartum care. Geschwind, a graduate of Brandeis University (BA) and Temple Law School (JD), has professional experience as an attorney and in nonprofit fundraising and development and has been working to alleviate gender-based disparities throughout her career.

“Colleen is the first medical practitioner to serve on our board of directors, and I’m excited that we can turn to her knowledge and experience as we expand the foundation’s programmatic work. I’m also very pleased that Myrna and Elyssa will add their areas of expertise to our advisory board, sharing their thoughts and ideas with JB-LF. We are well-positioned for continued growth so that we can serve more moms and babies in need,” said Neal Lawson, founder and chair of JB-LF.

About the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation

Established in honor of Jenn Lawson, who lost her life in 2014, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, serves economically vulnerable mothers and infants by working to increase access to high-quality maternal and infant health care and support. Jennifer was a loving, dedicated mother of three, driven to advocacy after receiving high-quality care during her own complicated pregnancies. JB-LF seeks to embody her generous spirit by giving all mothers and newborns the means to thrive. For more information, visit www.jenniferbushlawsonfoundation.org.

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D.C. Finally Establishes a Committee to Address Maternal Deaths (Washington City Paper)

Washington City Paper reporter Kayla Randall’s latest piece on DC’s newly formed maternal mortality task force shares follow-up on the conversations and connections made at JB-LF’s Feb. 13 event on maternal mortality, co-hosted by Huge Inc. and Duke in DC, including this one:

“At a panel on maternal health this February, [Dorie] Nolt stood up and told her story as a diverse room full of women thanked her for sharing it. A staffer at Councilmember Allen’s office was present at the panel, and approached Nolt about possibly serving as a lived-experience committee member. But she says the mayor’s office told her that she didn’t fit the description in the legislation because she hadn’t lost a loved one to maternal mortality.”

Read the full article, and watch Dorie sharing her story at our event here:

 

Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Expands Its Board

JENNIFER BUSH-LAWSON FOUNDATION EXPANDS ITS BOARD
Kelly Garrity and Elizabeth Ingram join the board of directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Jennifer Myers
703-462-2336, jmyers@jb-lf.org

ARLINGTON, VA, FEBRUARY 28, 2019 – The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JB-LF) announces that Kelly Garrity and Elizabeth Ingram have joined its board of directors, effective February 27, 2019. Their addition is part of a planned expansion of JB-LF’s board, and the foundation expects to add an additional board member later this year.

Garrity is the Senior Director of Membership Services and Development at the National Health Council, where she has worked since 2008. She is also a founding member, fundraising chair and legislative co-chair of the Virginia chapter of the Star Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing pregnancy loss and neonatal death and improving care for families who experience such tragedies.

“I’m thrilled to be able to combine my nonprofit professional experience and personal experience with a high-risk pregnancy to help JB-LF achieve its mission,” says Kelly Garrity.

Ingram, a preschool teacher at Westover Baptist, has volunteered with JB-LF since its launch, dedicating her time to serve as a co-chair and the race director of the annual 5K & Family Fun Day. This new role will allow her to become even more involved in JB-LF’s activities in the community.

“The Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation is in an exciting phase of growth, with a new event series on maternal and infant health as well as a newly launched Prize for Prenatal Innovation. The expertise that our new board members bring will help us achieve our plans for growth so that we can improve the lives of even more economically vulnerable moms and babies,” said Neal Lawson, founder and chair of JB-LF.

About the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation

Established in honor of Jenn Lawson, who lost her life in 2014, the Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, serves economically vulnerable mothers and infants by working to increase access to high-quality maternal and infant health care and support. Jennifer was a loving, dedicated mother of three, driven to advocacy after receiving high-quality care during her own complicated pregnancies. JB-LF seeks to embody her generous spirit by giving all mothers and newborns the means to thrive. For more information, visit www.jenniferbushlawsonfoundation.org.

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Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation Pays Tribute to Owen Beirne Jr.

We are immensely sad to share that JB-LF friend Owen Beirne Jr. passed away on January 20, 2019. Owen was a catalyst for the Knights of Columbus Edward Douglass White Council 2473 reaching out to us in some of the darkest hours for the Lawson family to find out how KOC could help. We are so thankful for the partnership that grew out of that kindness, which we see every year at our 5K & Family Fun Day on the Knights’ beautiful grounds.

We will miss you, Owen.

For more information about funeral services, please view this Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferBushLawsonFoundation/posts/2217034248538525

(Photo courtesy of Knights of Columbus Edward Douglass White Council 2473 Facebook page.)