October Newsletter | Healing for Our Grieving Community

Deaconess Community, Our children are grieving. Our families are grieving. Our community is grieving. We are grieving with the parents, families, students, educators, neighbors, friends, and colleagues of the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, and Saint Louis Public Schools community. Our hearts are broken as we mourn the persons tragically killed and …

September Newsletter | Organizing for Collective Power

Strengthening Workers’ Rights Strengthens Communities. Better and safer working conditions, fair wages, health insurance and reasonable work hours are just a few of the benefits labor unions have collectively bargained for throughout history. The standard 8-hour workday, 40-hour work week many of us have come to know so well came to be after the National Labor Union’s unsuccessful request of …

Health Affairs: “Patients Lift Their Voices To Advance Maternal Health”

We are excited to share this Health Affairs article and the work being done through EleVATE, which is a program led and designed by Black mothers, health care professionals, and local community organizations, and coordinated by the St. Louis Integrated Health Network, to offer group-based prenatal care. Deaconess Foundation President & CEO Bethany Johnson-Javois is also featured. Abstract: Designed by and …

August Newsletter | Power in Black Philantrhopy

Deaconess Community, Since 2011, August has been recognized as Black Philanthropy Month (BPM). Established by Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland, this celebration aims to elevate Black giving and funding equity, which is rich with history and tradition. For too long, Black philanthropy has gone largely unnoticed and underappreciated in mainstream philanthropic spaces – but the tide is turning. Philanthropy can be …