Consultant For Messaging/communications Campaign Promoting New Jersey’s New Universal Newborn Home Visiting Program 🔥
The United States has among the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world. Only three states have a higher rate of maternal deaths than New Jersey and the state has some of the widest racial disparities for both maternal and infant mortality (Nurture New Jersey 2021 Strategic Plan).
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 40% of deaths from pregnancy-related complications are potentially preventable through improved quality of medical care. Efforts to address maternal mortality in New Jersey include an aggressive statewide awareness campaign committed to reducing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. Recent measures signed into law are aimed at helping to support the state’s goal of becoming the safest and most equitable place in the nation to give birth and raise a baby.
The Burke Foundation is launching a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a consultant to work for the Foundation in helping to support strategic communications for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families’ implementation of a groundbreaking universal newborn home visiting program. The consultant (either an individual or agency) will be hired for a three-to-six-month period to lead research and messaging efforts on behalf of the first phase of a strategic communications campaign in support of the launch and scaling of the universal newborn home visitation program in New Jersey. Due to the immediacy of launching the first phase, the selected candidate will be expected to start shortly after securing the contract.
Proposals must be submitted by January 31, 2022.
- Advertised: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
- Deadline for candidates to submit questions: Friday, January 28, 2022
- Deadline to apply to the advertised role: Monday, February 7, 2022 by 11:59 pm ET
- Contract Award / Notification to unsuccessful candidates: Monday, February 14, 2022
- Identify, recruit, convene, and facilitate focus groups with diverse constituents across New Jersey (either virtual or in person, at consultant’s discretion) to better find out how various stakeholders perceive and understand New Jersey’s new home visitation program and what would be the most effective ways to educate the public about the program. These focus groups will involve three broad groups:
- Pregnant women, birthing individuals, parents/caregivers that reflect a cross-section of current and potential parents, not only by geography, urbanicity, race/ethnicity, household income, and level of citizenry, but also categories of birthing individuals (e.g., adoptive parents, teen parents, women who deliver babies who subsequently require treatment in the NICU, etc.).
- Healthcare providers, such as midwives, nurses, obstetricians, and pediatricians.
- Trusted community partners, such as doulas, community health workers, faith-based leaders, Family Success Centers.
- Synthesize feedback from focus groups and compile findings into a slide deck presentation as well as a succinct report.
- Create an outreach strategy for messaging efforts across New Jersey, including the most effective channels for marketing and outreach during the launch and ongoing sustained Campaign (e.g., posters in healthcare settings, etc.).
- Lead project management efforts so that all workstreams are aligned with overall project goals and that the project is completed on time.
- Attend virtual meetings to inform stakeholders convened by NJDCF about the project’s progress; all stakeholders convened by NJDCF will provide planning and operational support to launch the statewide program.
The consultant will be paid 35% of the agreed-upon fees upon completion of interviews and focus groups; 35% after receipt of analysis and draft reports; and the remaining 30% at the conclusion of the project and final presentation of findings.
Anticipated Selection Process and Schedule
After receiving required application materials, the Burke Foundation and the NJ DCF staff will lead interviews with the top 2-3 finalists. Selection of the winning candidate and notification to unsuccessful candidates will occur on or by Monday, February 14, 2022.