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Cara Safon


Cara Safon


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Policy Fellow



Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School
Boston University School of Public Health currently; Yale University, MPH

Undergraduate School
University of California, Berkeley

Division of Pregnancy, Infancy, and Early Childhood, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Ann Peralta, Director

Steve Walsh, President and CEO, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Rappaport Institute Advisory Board member and former Rappaport Boston Urban Scholar and Hill Wolfe, Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale School of Medicine and 2022 Rappaport Policy Fellow

Cara will write a report consisting of lessons learned from other states currently implementing or developing policies to expand access to perinatal doula care. The report will include a thorough review of the literature on state efforts to include doula care in Medicaid. She will work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) and a Doula Partner Advisory Group to increase access to doula services in the state. MA DPH is seeking legislative authority to certify doulas and to set up a statewide system that reduces barriers to entry for a diverse group of doulas and ensure that all birthing people who want a doula have access to a competent professional that meets their linguistic and cultural needs.