JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: AAIMM Doula Program Coordinator - March 25 Deadline

Since 2018, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH), in partnership with First 5 LA and community-based organizations, has led a broad African American Infant & Maternal Mortality Prevention Initiative (AAIMM) to address the disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes caused by the societal and physiological effects of racism and discrimination. The AAIMM Doula Program launched in 2019 to match Black pregnant individuals with skilled Black birth doulas who provide support, advocacy, and education throughout the perinatal period. In addition to direct service provision, the Program also organizes workforce development opportunities for birthworkers of color and fosters demand for doula services via public awareness, clinician and community engagement, and statewide policy work.

With the success of the AAIMM Doula Program, and the inclusion of doula services as a California Medi-Cal covered benefit as of 2023, DPH is expanding its doula programs and related services within its Division of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health’s Perinatal Innovation Unit (PIU).

The AAIMM Doula Program Coordinator will be responsible for implementing the direct service and supplemental activities of the AAIMM Doula Program and coordinating with other PIU lead staff.

The duties of the Program Coordinator include, but are not limited to:

• Recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and supervising doulas and administrative team, as needed.

• Monitoring direct service activities and timely processing of doula stipends with AAIMM Doula

administrative team. This includes implementing and monitoring contracts with Medi-Cal health

plans for doula service reimbursement.

• Facilitating doula team meetings, and facilitating or participating in subcontractor, doula

advisory, and AAIMM steering committee meetings.

• Developing and implementing subcontracts for training and/or services.

• Assisting with client recruitment, screening, and placement.

• Facilitating program presentations to, and maintaining relationships with, healthcare facilities,

providers, and organizations that provide perinatal services.

• Participating in regular meetings with PIU team (doula programs, Doula Hub) for cross-

collaboration and in check-ins with Unit lead.

• Implementing, monitoring, and assisting with evaluation of the AAIMM Doula Program.

• Regularly reviewing program data with data team to identify necessary pivots and to prepare

program evaluation.

• Providing regular legislative and programmatic updates to AAIMM management and Community

Action Teams regarding doulas.

• Completing ongoing grant reporting requirements, which includes maintaining accurate records,

of client information, program data, and budgets.

• Collaborating with DPH and contracted communications leads to develop communications

content and tools to promote doulas and the Doula Program.

• Participating, as needed, in the development of a county and/or state sustainability plan for

doula services.

• Staying informed on current information, trends, research, resources, and best practices in

doula care and Black maternal health to inform program development and growth efforts.

• Other assigned duties.


Minimum Qualifications:

• Experience as a birth and/or full-spectrum doula;

• At least two years of programmatic and administrative experience in perinatal health;

• Project coordination experience and skills, particularly in coordinating large-scale, grant-funded,

time sensitive projects;

• Experience managing a team;

• Strong writing and interpersonal skills;

• Strong public speaking skills to effectively communicate and engage community, community

stakeholders, and other perinatal health professionals;

• Lived and/or work experience with the population of focus, including experience with outreach

& engagement to the African American/Black community;

• A bachelor’s degree in a health or social science field from an accredited college or university;


• Valid California driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, and reliable transportation or ability

to secure timely transportation for off-site travel to various community sites throughout Los

Angeles County as needed.

Desirable Qualifications:

• Understand the impact of social determinants on health and commitment to addressing

inequality in health care and health outcomes through frameworks of anti-racism and

reproductive justice;

• Work experience in a staff capacity analyzing and making recommendations for the solution of

problems in organization, program, procedure, budget, or personnel;

• Work experience in public health, government agency, non-profit organization, or on behalf of a

government agency;

• Ability to act with judgement, confidence, and personal initiative in a fast-paced and highly

visible work environment; and

• Computer literate and skilled in use of Microsoft Windows-based programs, including Microsoft

Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access).


This is a grant-funded position, renewable annually through at least June 2026.


Please send resume and cover letter to Helen O’Connor ([email protected]) by

Monday, March 25, 2024.



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