What You’re Supporting

The Great Brigham Playdate

Below are just some of the care initiatives and research projects taking place at the Brigham that will be supported by funds raised through The Great Brigham Playdate.

Educating and Supporting Our Caregivers with Funding for:

  • Wellness and self-care of faculty, trainees, providers, and staff through educational events, professional coaching, resilience workshops, and teambuilding activities
  • A virtual memory book for the annual Service of Remembrance, which memorializes infants who have passed away and recognizes the exceptional care provided by clinicians even in the most challenging situations

Improving Health Equity Through Support for:

  • The new patient navigator role in the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecologist Specialists, which helps patients and families from disadvantaged backgrounds access the healthcare system through outreach, follow up, support, education, and resources
  • The Group Prenatal Care Program, which consists primarily of patients who are publicly insured and seeks to expand their access to and engagement with prenatal care to improve birth preparation, experiences, and outcomes
  • Families who are homeless or facing food and housing insecurities, connecting them with local resources 
  • Enhanced lactation support specifically focused on African American women, who continue to have the lowest breastfeeding rates

Enhancing Patient Care with Funding for:

  • A sustainable Music Therapy Program
  • Programmatic and research initiatives in the Small Baby Unit. This new unit in our Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation Newborn Intensive Care Unit focuses on very premature babies who weigh less than 800 grams (about 1.7 pounds) or were born before 27 weeks gestation 
  • Home visits from nursing staff when needed, which can reduce readmittances, ease the transition home for families, and intercept concerns while addressing any risks
  • The expansion of services in our Center for Child Development to include children up to the age of four—when they typically enter preschool—by investing in programmatic, research, infrastructure, technology, and equipment needs
  • Patient education efforts

Advancing Research Through Support for:

  • A more robust infrastructure across the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to fuel advances in women’s health and health equity research locally, nationally, and internationally and assist in proactively identifying relevant external funding opportunities
  • Innovative pilot projects to enable faculty to develop their research focus, support publication efforts, and ultimately pursue external funding opportunities