About Us

Healthy Baby Network:
A Healthy Start Since 1996.

Since Healthy Baby Network began in 1996, our hearts and souls have been dedicated to the care of our most vulnerable community members. We believe that a baby born healthy will become a healthier, more successful adult. That’s why we do whatever we can to uplift our community, babies and mothers at every level, from direct intervention to educating community leaders and medical providers.

As health planners, we know what is happening in our community, and work daily to let accurate data drive sustainable change. And since every mother and every infant are different, we create unique plans for each person that comes to us for help.

We do all of this by:

  • providing individualized case management for vulnerable mothers during prenatal care. – walking the streets and providing access directly to those in need.
  • putting together a taskforce of mothers, community partners, and 28 different agencies to mobilize our community around perinatal health.
  • working directly with mothers and families to provide access to care, job training, and housing security.

Ending poverty and illness starts in the womb. Isn’t it time that we all stepped up to help? – Volunteer or donate.

Our Mission:

Healthy Baby Network strives to give every baby the opportunity to be born healthy by supporting vulnerable mothers and families.

Our Vision:

Every mother in our community is supported in having a healthy pregnancy and every baby is born into a nurturing home.

Meet Our Staff

We have a plan

Staff Member

Lauren Deutsch, Esq.

Executive Director


Sherita D. Bullock

Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative Program Director

Staff Member

Valerie Garrison

Healthy Start Project Director

Staff Member

Yolanda Sayres

Outreach Coordinator


DeVon Medlock

Outreach Worker


Vanessa Santiago

Bilingual Outreach Worker

Staff Member

Deanna Spiotta

Communications Director

Staff Member

Ngozi Nkiruka Udo

Health Educator


Dominic Coppola

Information Technology Associate

Meet Our 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

Karen Elam

Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

Javier Espinosa, Ph.D.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Brett E. Farrow, Esq.

Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow PLLC

Kristen Janosko

YourCare Health Plan

Tanishia Johnson

Rochester City School District

Ruth Lawrence, MD

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Melissa Pennise

Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities

Rachael Phelps, MD

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York

Yissette Rivas

Finger Lakes Performing Provider System

What We Do

A plan for your baby.

For Moms

The reassurance and resources you need to get started.

For Providers

The best care for your patients.


All you need to know in one place.

Did You Know...

Healthy Start’s Centering Pregnancy Program is associated with a 33% reduction in preterm births, a 10% increase in breastfeeding initiation, and participants report greater knowledge and preparedness for birth and parenting.


Reduction in preterm Births