Healthy Hearts Plus II (HHP II) is a 501c3 Virginia Non-profit organization focused on reducing the egregious racial inequities in maternal and infant mortality.
In 2006 HHP II started Mommies, Bellies, Babies, & Daddies (MBBD) outreach program. We provide support for women experiencing high risk pregnancies to prevent poor birth outcomes and maternal mortality. Mommies Bellies Babies and Daddies has a track record of conducting
Maternal and child health research, saving lives, and money.
The Healthy Hearts Plus II organization has invested in a strategy of conducting community based participatory research supported by the March of Dimes and established programs to better care for Health maintenance organizations. In the process, we discovered that part of the reason MCH legislation and subsequent programs fall way short of achieving their goals is because programs for women with brown skin are theorized in ways that lack credible empirical support. Our work is not contingent on “projects or initiatives” we are in the community which enables trust. We foster engagement between patients and the clinical community. In 2016, we were the implementation team in Central Virginia translating scientific findings from Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, and academics into coherent and improved program models, tools, and outcomes for maternal risk with diet related health conditions.