Women's Health Justice

2017 Healthy Baby Network Annual Report

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Health is Power

Health Justice is about who has access to power.

This year we wanted to talk about Health Justice, because we believe it is time to give power back to our mothers and babies. Vulnerable mothers are raising the next generation of Rochesterians in the face of overwhelming odds. When we create Health Justice, we give them the power to realize their amazing potential.

At the Healthy Baby Network, we’ve been working towards Health Justice for mothers and babies and are proud to share some of our achievements from the past year. Join us in celebrating the work that has been accomplished, and in planning for the work ahead.

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Lauren Deutsch, Executive Director & Kim Hess, Board President

Women's Health is the Cornerstone of Healthy Communities

Healthy women have healthy babies, and have the energy and wellness to raise healthy families. Justice means ensuring that women have equal access to care, no matter their income, zip code, or race.

Women Speaking Up

Leandra is a single mom who found Healthy Moms right after she was diagnosed with postpartum depression and struggled to find help.

“Healthy Moms is a place where I don't have any guilt and there's no need for isolation because everyone understands what you're going through. Everyone struggles differently and this is the one place where people don't expect moms to be perfect. It was a very freeing experience when I first joined. Healthy Moms got me out of my shell." — Leandra

Our Year in Review

Outreach Program

Meeting our community where they are.

We bring care connection to our mothers and families by going to laundromats, hair salons, and other comunity locations. This year we connected 2676 women with care and resources.


Women connected with care and resources

Getting to Zero

Healthy Start is eradicating infant mortality.

This year we served 409 pregnant and parenting women and 107 dads in the City of Rochester and had zero infant deaths.


Infant mortality in Rochester is 2x the national average, but not in our Healthy Start program! All of our work is for that zero - Healthy Start saves lives.

Home Visitation

We make house calls!

High risk pregnancies need extra care and support. This year we served 673 pregnant women in our home visitation program, bringing care and resources to where our moms need it most.


women served through our home visitation program

Health Education

Power through Knowledge.

This year our Health Education program educated 503 women, girls, and community members to take control of their sexual and reprodutive health through knowledge.


Women and girls educated

Community Action Unites Us

We bring the community together.

In our Community Action Network, we united over 35 agencies together with our moms and families to create community based, data driven change.

Interconception Care

Mothers sometimes put their own care last. That's why our Interconception Care Grant is working to screen mothers for health issues when they bring their children in for well child visits. Mothers are screened and connected with care, and children benefit from healthier moms!

Health Information Technology

Information is the key to effective care.

In our Health Information Technology program, we are working to connect doctors with community based providers so that our mothers and families benefit from informed care.

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Our Team

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Lauren Deutsch, Esq.

Executive Director

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Sherita D. Bullock

Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative Program Director

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Valerie Garrison

Healthy Start Project Director

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Yolanda Sayres

Outreach Coordinator

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DeVon Medlock

Outreach Worker

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Vanessa Santiago

Bilingual Outreach Worker

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Deanna Spiotta

Communications Director

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Ngozi Nkiruka Udo

Health Educator

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Dominic Coppola

Information Technology Associate

Board of Directors

Kim Hess


Monroe Plan for Medical Care, YourCare Health Plan

Alise Gintner

Vice President

Rochester Regional Health System

Mark Mandrycky


Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

Lynne Scalzo


Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

Jane August

Master Jeon’s World Taekwondo Center

Carla D’Angelo

Monroe Plan for Medical Care, YourCare Health Plan

Karen Elam

Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

Brett E. Farrow, Esq.

Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow PLLC

Tanishia Johnson

Rochester City School District

Ruth Lawrence, MD

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Melissa Pennise

Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities

Yissette Rivas

Finger Lakes Performing Provider System

Lisa Stauch Smith

Eagles Wings Consulting