SGA Youth and Family Services (SGA) is requesting federal grant funding for the Healthy Start Supplement: Community-Based Doulas opportunity. SGA is an existing Healthy Start Initiative grantee through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has served the City of Chicago, Illinois through its Midwest Healthy Start Initiative program since 2013. SGA?s MWHS Initiative leverages a network of comprehensive services that address the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of all clients in order to reduce infant mortality rates in the target areas. SGA?s MWHS Initiative serves primarily Black women residing in an urban project area consisting of five targeted zip codes (60619, 60617, 60628, 60620, and 60643) that demonstrate high rates of infant mortality and maternal mortality. SGA proposes a comprehensive plan to recruit, train, and hire three doula candidates from SGA?s target communities to enhance MWHS Initiative program services and improve client outcomes. Studies show that doula services can improve infant health, strengthen families, and establish supports to ensure ongoing family success. SGA?s program model emphasizes community-based services as doulas from the communities of the clients are able to bridge language and cultural barriers for optimal health and well-being. Doulas can provide the support and advocacy needed to further bridge the divide between white and minority populations. By incorporating community-based doula services into the MWHS service model, SGA can fill the community need for maternal health services in the five Chicago minority neighborhoods that do not have adequate access.