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$1,000 Monthly Aid: Philly Joy Bank Supports 250 Pregnant Individuals in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia’s new initiative, the Philly Joy Bank, grants $1,000 monthly to 250 pregnant individuals in high-risk neighborhoods to enhance infant health and reduce mortality rates.

Philadelphia’s effort to tackle infant mortality

Philadelphia has initiated the Philly Joy Bank program to address elevated infant mortality rates in three vulnerable neighborhoods. Pregnant individuals are provided with $1,000 monthly along with health services such as lactation consultation and doula support. Administered by the Department of Public Health and the initiative aims to empower participants, especially those from marginalized communities with 250 recipients receiving a total of $18,000 over an 18-month period starting in July. Critics have raised concerns about expenses and dependency while advocates highlight potential benefits in alleviating poverty, as reported by Axios Philadelphia.

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Evaluating the effects on financial stability and disparities in health

The Philly Joy Bank is open to applicants aged 18 or older in their 12th to 24th week of pregnancy with a household income below $100,000 per year. U.S. citizenship is not required, and funds can be used as needed. Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health will assess the program’s impact on financial stability, postpartum stress, and parental readiness to guide future health policies in Philadelphia and similar communities.

READ ALSO: Philly Joy Bank Initiative: $18K Support For Expecting Mothers In Philadelphia Neighborhoods

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