Connecting Women & Girls to Holistic Tools for Success
The emme coalition, the newest signature investment of FCCF’s Fund for Women & Girls, is an innovative program that puts women and girls in the driver’s seat of their lives as partners in their own care. It takes a holistic approach to address barriers that prevent women and girls from receiving quality healthcare and reaching their full potential. And by showing participants a broad range of options and possibilities, it helps them make informed choices.
This research-driven program works at the intersection of physical wellness, behavioral health and social services to connect women and girls with lifelong tools for wellbeing that can be passed along to future generations.
Through emme, participants will:
- Set life goals and make plans to achieve them
- Live a healthy lifestyle and maintain their own wellness
- Learn self-advocacy
- Defy stereotypes
- Navigate the healthcare system
- Decide if and when it’s right to have a child
- Have healthier intimate relationships
- Optimize job prospects
- Understand financial choices
- Build coping skills
As a one-stop wellness resource hub, emme will empower women and girls to achieve and maintain healthy, self-actualized lives.
Who We Serve
The emme coalition is designed with a trauma-informed lens to support all girls and women of reproductive age, 12-49 years, who live in Bridgeport.
A range of holistic services, both virtual and physical, will be offered through our nonprofit partner OPTIMUS Health Care.
The program will serve 100 women & girls through intensive case management, and 1000 through less intensive services.
By advancing health equity, emme works to meet urgent needs.
About OPTIMUS Healthcare
Established in 1976, OPTIMUS Healthcare, Inc., is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides comprehensive primary care to persons of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status. Its team of licensed healthcare providers and trained professionals utilize innovative techniques and extensive experience to address evolving needs. OPTIMUS Health Centers are Joint Commission and NCQA accredited. Learn more.
“As an immigrant and young woman of color who grew up in Bridgeport, I endured obstacles that derailed my aspirations. The emme coalition will equip women and girls who face similar barriers with lifelong skills to better reach their goals, improve their lives and receive quality care. It is a tremendous privilege to help empower the women and girls of Bridgeport to be healthier and stronger versions of themselves – physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and financially.”
Paula Garay, DHSc., MBA, MA
Women’s Health Initiative Director, OPTIMUS Healthcare
Support emme’s work
Make a donation
Donate to the Fund for Women & Girls to help empower Bridgeport women and girls.
Become a sponsor
Contact us to learn how your organization can support this work as a corporate sponsor. Email Joseph Collin at JCollin@FCCFoundation.org or call 203-750-3200.
contact us for more information:
Vice President, Grants & Programs