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Breaking Barriers to Birth Equity

Birth Equity is when every new little one enters the world full of promise, possibility, and opportunity. Creating birth equity belongs to all of us. Come join us in putting an end to the systemic barriers that keep every baby from being born healthy to a nurturing and supported family.

Equity: Unto each one according to their need.How will we break barriers this year?


Community Action Network (CAN)

CAN partners are developing a Fatherhood Mentoring Program to help newer Fathers navigate the responsibilities and expectations of Fatherhood, and to be more involved with their children. We are also working toward developing a series of Eviction Prevention Workshops. For more information about these projects or to get involved, contact Valerie Garrison.

Black Doula Collaborative

The Black Doula Collaborative addresses the life and health consequences patients and consumers experience as a result of medical and non-medical provider bias. For more information about these projects or to get involved, contact Sherita Bullock.

New Opportunities

Through new funding awards, we are ramping up efforts to eliminate perinatal health disparities in Rochester, particularly for Black and African American women. These include:

  • Establishing a consortium to reduce disparities in Maternal Mortality and Severe Maternal Morbidity.
  • Integrating full-time Doulas into Community Health Worker teams.
  • Arming Black women and girls with the tools and resources to reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals in beauty products.

Doula Support

We were awarded a small grant to hire full-time Doulas to provide non-clinical prenatal and postpartum support for our most vulnerable families.


Healthy Start’s Second Annual Resilience in Fatherhood Conference
Keynote: Reginald L. Cox, Founder & Director, The Fatherhood Connection
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:00am – 4:00pm
Contact: Valerie Garrison

Women’s Health Day: Listening When Women Talk
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
9:00am – 3:30pm
Irondequoit Country Club
Contact: Deanna Spiotta

Bear With Me: Stories of Birth and Pregnancy
Thursday, June 13, 2019
6:30pm – 8:30pm
The Strathallan Hotel, CityView Ballroom
Contact: Deanna Spiotta

Black Birth Summit
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
9:00am – 3:30pm
Contact: Deanna Spiotta


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