Vice President Kamala Harris visits LA nonprofit to launch kits for newborns
Vice President Kamala Harris returned to Los Angeles on Friday, Might 19, and toured a nonprofit group devoted to offering provides and help to needy new moms, whereas additionally saying a federal partnership aimed toward bettering maternal well being.
Harris touched down at Los Angeles Worldwide Airport round 1 p.m. and was taken by motorcade to the headquarters of the nonprofit Baby2Baby, which offers child provides to low-income moms regionally and nationally, and likewise affords info on accessible authorities help sources.
Harris met with a bunch of moms through the go to, and introduced a partnership between the nonprofit and U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers that may distribute new child provide kits — together with important items and maternal well being objects — to new mothers.
“Each mom or mother-to-be ought to have entry to the help they want for his or her household to be wholesome,” Harris mentioned in an announcement. “By way of this partnership, our Administration continues to prioritize the maternal well being of girls throughout America.”
The federal company additionally launched an internet site at www.hhs.gov/newbaby offering details about federal sources and knowledge on matters together with well being, feeding, baby improvement and sleeping.
“The disparities in maternal and neonatal well being care on this nation are staggering — and unacceptable,” U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers Secretary Xavier Becerra mentioned in an announcement. “The pilot program with Baby2Baby offers a lot wanted provides to moms and their newborns. The Biden-Harris Administration will proceed to make use of each lever accessible to deal with the disparities in our well being care system and supply whole-person care to pregnant folks and their households. That is one other sturdy instance of presidency working in partnership with leaders locally to resolve issues for the American folks.”
Baby2Baby’s co-CEOs, Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof, issued a joint assertion saying they “wish to be certain that new mothers have every thing they should get their infants’ lives began off heading in the right direction. Once we can present these essential objects, not solely can moms pay their hire and put meals on the desk, however it helps their psychological well being by assuaging the stress of assembly their youngsters’s most simple wants.”
The primary 3,000 new child provide kits shall be distributed to moms in Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico. The kits embody hygiene objects, blankets and thermometers for newborns, lotions, chilly backs, breastfeeding objects and different provides.
It was unclear how lengthy Harris will stay within the space, though she lives in Brentwood and infrequently spends time at residence whereas in Los Angeles.
Harris was in Los Angeles in mid-April, when she spent 5 days within the space. Throughout that go to, she toured the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and mentioned efforts to construct a “clear vitality financial system.” She additionally spoke exterior Los Angeles Metropolis Corridor following a march for reproductive rights.
She had been scheduled to make an look at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Thursday for a city corridor assembly marking Psychological Well being Motion Day. The Los Angeles Occasions reported that Harris pulled out of the occasion in a present of solidarity with putting Writers Guild of America members.