QUATIA

Rhode Island Facilitator

Quatia Osorio CCHW, CLC, CPE, Doula is a Rhode Island native born and raised. Bryant University graduate, certified (perinatal) community health worker, certified lactation counselor, community birth and postpartum doula. She is currently attending Philadelphia University, now Thomas Jefferson University, for her second bachelors in Health Services Management. She is the Founder of Our Journ3i, a perinatal community-led, based wellness center focusing on eliminating health determinants of communities of color through maternal support, education, advocacy, and awareness. Her organization works to expand and increase the doula workforce through doula training, professional development and legislative policy for doula care and access. Currently, she is working on building a safe space BIPOC and community led through her nonprofit, Urban Perinatal Education Center, based on the evidence based practice of the JJWay and its easy access clinic model through the National Perinatal Task Force.

As member of the RI Breastfeeding Coalition for over 5 years, it was in 2016 she became the first facilitator of Chocolate Milk Cafe – RI. Chocolate Milk Cafe RI, has been sponsored by Our Journ3i, LLC since its inception. It was established to eliminate health disparities in our community due to social determinants and promote health equity. Additionally, she oversees the other three Chocolate Milk Cafes in RI.

Co-creator and Lead of the Umoja Nia Collective, a doula collective of independently owned Black doula businesses focused on advancing better maternal health outcomes and promoting educational awareness of community perinatal care services. Annually, hosting a collaborative forum of health education and professional development for community members and partners.

Through her community relationships, network and collaborations her tenacious policy work and advocacy in support of the RI Doula Reimbursement Act led to successful passage in legislation for both Medicaid and private payers, along with a reimbursement rate of $1500.00 for Certified Perinatal Doulas. She continues with meet with strategic partners to plan out the RI Birthworkers Cooperative to provide shared skill and membership for billing services of the new Certified Perinatal Doulas.

Throughout her years leading maternal change at a grassroots level, she continues to advance her education, seeking mentorship and developing her skills with national maternal health changemakers, training and networking. A former CityMatch CityLeader and presenter, former Birth Equity Leadership Academy mentee with HealthConnect One and member of the National Perinatal Taskforce. While only her second year in joining the National Black Midwives Alliance, she continues to learn how to engage within the Midwifery Model of Care and build deeper cohesive relationships with Doula partnerships. Recently participating in a self exploratory Black birthcenter tour to learn more about creating facilities of change and impact. She has spoken on a number of platforms for Maternal Child Health such as CityMatch, RI Department of Health, Tufts University, Rhode Island College, and University of Rhode Island.

Finally, Quatia Osorio is a wife and Mother of 5 with her eldest studying Biology in Philadelphia, PA. She has three dogs and six chickens on her urban farm, Quaintly Farm, LLC and sister farm, Journey Farm. She is a USDA registered Black urban farmer and grows seasonal vegetable crops for BIPOC families and communities. In her down time she watches anime, plays Sims 4, and regularly takes naps for restorative justice and liberation. When she’s not in one of her offices on Sunday you can find her out driving delivering cloth diapers with her Mama Blu Diaper Service van.

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