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TrueCare receives US Health & Human Services $2M grant to expand community access to maternal health care

SAN MARCOS – TrueCare, a community-based health center serving San Diego and Riverside counties, was awarded a $2 million grant recently from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration. TrueCare will use grant funding to impact maternal and newborn health outcomes through a new doula program.

The U.S. has the shocking distinction of reporting the worst maternal mortality outcomes among industrialized nations. Women of color are two to three times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes. Research demonstrates that doula support increases maternal engagement during prenatal care, offers better preparation for labor and birth, reduces cesarean deliveries and increases breastfeeding success. Doulas have typically been accessible only to women who can afford the additional out-of-pocket cost.

“Not only have women of color endured generations of inequities in the health care system, but today they are dying at alarming rates during childbirth,” Michelle D. Gonzalez, president and CEO of TrueCare, said. “This national crisis disproportionately impacts our communities. TrueCare’s doula program will help remove barriers to maternal health care by offering women and families supportive pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum services. We will continue to advocate for our mothers by helping them birth happy, healthy babies.”

Adding a doula program to TrueCare’s wellness services reinforces the organization’s mission of providing comprehensive, affordable and culturally sensitive health care options. TrueCare prioritizes a patient-centered approach that offers specialized care in a warm and welcoming environment. The organization also proudly serves as a migrant health center providing tailored health care services to migrant farm workers and their families.

“As a person-focused health center with integrated women’s health services and a comprehensive offering for quality physical and mental health care, we are excited to be a systemic force in bettering pregnancy experiences and health outcomes for both moms and babies,” Dr. Marie Russell, chief medical officer and chief operations officer of TrueCare, said. “We have plans to launch programming to enhance culturally humble maternity care through this new and unique service not typically offered at a community health center.”

Additional information on TrueCare’s doula program will be released in summer 2023. For more information about TrueCare, visit To schedule an appointment, call or text 760-736-6767.

Submitted by TrueCare.


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