Tech Infrastructure Development for Equity (TIDE)


Grantee: South Seattle Women’s Health Foundation
Timeframe: April 2020 – March 2021 | Amount: $29,325

Rainier Valley Midwives (RVM) will implement Project TIDE (Tech Infrastructure Development for Equity) to introduce key technology infrastructure improvements to increase its capacity to provide maternity care for families of color in south King County.

The proposed project will bolster the technological infrastructure RVM needs to serve more clients. RVM proposes to implement the Tech Infrastructure Development for Equity (TIDE) Project, a short-term development project which will digitally transform clinic operations. RVM is transitioning from an all-volunteer grass-roots organization to a quickly growing, robust grant-funded community nonprofit. Establishing key technological infrastructure (eg: IT support, security/HIPAA compliance, cloud server, and identity management) during this transition is critical to sustaining growth and services in the community. The TIDE Project will be implemented in two phases: a planning phase and an implementation phase.

The TIDE project will build a technological backbone for RVM, enabling the organization to expand its essential services in the community. Funding will be used for:

  • Phase One – Planning: Develop technological strategies to streamline operations while ensuring HIPAA compliance with confidential information and readiness for rapid growth.
  • Phase Two – Implementation: Implement developed strategies through partnership with a locally owned tech firm.
  • Purchase of necessary computers/equipment/software to support the project.
  • Creation of ClientCare Equity Report: RVM’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software, ClientCare, has the capacity to generate tailored reporting tools. RVM will request coding and creation of a tool designed to help us extract outcome data stratified by demographics to help us track our outcomes and progress toward reducing disparities.


About Our Grantee

South Seattle Women’s Health Foundation

Rainier Valley Community Clinic is home to Rainier Valley Midwives, both sponsored by the South Seattle Women’s Health Foundation, which is dedicated to creating spaces for high quality, individualized perinatal care and increasing capacity within the community for jobs in the healthcare industry for local women, especially those of color and immigrant women.

The South Seattle Women’s Health Foundation envisions a world where all women and families have equitable access to high quality culturally relavent eduaction-based healthcare. In this vision, local pioneers in the healthcare field partner with the families they serve to promote the best health of their communities. The South Seattle Women’s Health Foundation provides exceptional direct care to women and families to improve health outcomes including traditionally underserved communities. Their programs increase job capacity for providers of color and our services are based on community-identified needs.

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