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 35 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.

2019 Annual Report

Federal Form 990

Financial Statement

Meet Our Staff

We have a plan

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Sherita D. Bullock

Executive Director

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Valerie Garrison

Healthy Start Project Director

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Deanna L. Spiotta

Communications Director

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Adeanna Tazell

Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative Program Manager

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Dominic Coppola

Medicaid Redesign Team – Health Information Technology Program Manager

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Ngozi Udo

Health Educator

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Devon Medlock

Doula Coordinator

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Vanessa Santiago

Outreach Worker

Meet Our Board of Directors

Alise Gintner


Rochester Regional Health System

Melissa Pennise

Vice President

Common Ground Health

Lisa Smith


Eagles Wings Consulting

Karen Elam


Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

Javier Espinosa, Ph.D.

Rochester Institute of Technology

Tracy Gibson

Rochester Regional Health System

Tracie Glazer

Hillel Community Day School

Kim Hess

Monroe Plan for Medical Care, Inc., YourCare Health Plan

Kristen Holdsworth

YourCare Health Plan

Amy Hsi

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York

Yissette Rivas

Finger Lakes Community Health

Amanda Ronzo

Nutrition Care of Rochester

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