Below is a roundup of some of the great work our grantees accomplished in October 2018.

Centering Healthcare Institute

Angie Truesdale, the CEO of Centering Healthcare Institute, was recognized as one of TIME Magazine‘s 50 Most Influential People in Health Care for 2018. 

The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed nation, with black mothers most affected. As Centering Healthcare Institute’s CEO, Truesdale launched a major expansion of CenteringPregnancy, a group prenatal-care program proven to improve birth outcomes, especially in underserved communities.

Centering also announced a new partnership to expand its model of group prenatal care with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The project focuses on developing and supporting Centering practices within zip codes reporting the highest incidence of poor birth and maternal health outcomes. The goal of this expansion is to increase patient access to CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care, specifically those sites serving patients from the designated high-risk zip codes.


ProPublica launched its Miseducation prjoject, examining the impact of race on educational opportunities and school discipline across America’s schools. The work launched with a feature piece in the New York Times, as well as a partnership with Chalkbeat, including Chalkbeat New Jersey, an Overdeck grantee. One of the data sources used to compile ProPublica’s database was SEDA, another Overdeck grantee.


TEACH announced a partnership with the Connecticut State Department of Education. TEACH Connecticut is the first statewide initiative of its kind in the nation and will help the state fill vacancies in certification shortage areas such as math, science, bilingual and special education.


The National Museum of Mathematics held its annual gala, which was covered by both Bloomberg and Forbes. MoMath is America’s only math museum, and has had over 1.5 million visitors since its launch six years ago. The gala was headlined by former NFL Baltimore Ravens linebacker John Urschel, who is a doctoral student in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Room to Grow and Robin Hood’s FUEL

Room to Grow and Robin Hood’s Fund for Early Learning (FUEL) were featured in a New York Times article about fighting childhood homelessness in NYC. Robin Hood is leading two pilot programs focused on combating maternal depression and encouraging the bond between mother and child, while Room to Grow is a nonprofit that supports low income parents with information, support, and high-quality material items.