Every Bedside, Every Birth

Alta Bates outreach coordinator Yvette Escobar meets with a new mom.

We had a debate in the office a few months ago about the term “hard-to-reach” when talking about families who could benefit from services but don’t receive them. The outcome of the discussion rested on this: Why place the onus on the family for being “hard-to-reach” when in fact, it’s the services that have become hard-to-reach for far too many families?

I agree! The system of family services has always been difficult to navigate. Ongoing budget cuts and reduced funding for nonprofits have only exacerbated this situation. But there is some good news. Continue reading