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Elena Ferguson

Elena Ferguson

A native of Nashville, TN, Elena Ferguson received her bachelor of arts in sociology with an African-American Studies Concentration from the College of the Holy Cross in 2017 and her juris doctorate from Belmont University College of Law in 2020. Elena currently serves as the If/When/How Reproductive Justice Policy Fellow at Healthy & Free Tennessee, focusing on proactive reproductive-justice centered legislation.

COMMENTARY
Doula Miajenell Peake (left) walks with her client Jasmine Worles at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis, Tennessee on January 24, 2021. As a doula, Miajenell will support Jasmine with many aspects of her pregnancy and after delivery. ( © Karen Pulfer Focht)

Commentary: It’s time to recognize that doulas are vital community health workers 

By: - February 22, 2021

This legislative session, Rep. London Lamar introduced a resolution to recognize doulas as vital birth and community health workers in Tennessee. For millions of families who are expecting or will be expecting soon, this would be one of the first steps toward realizing a Tennessee where all expectant parents have access to the full range […]