Healthy Baby Network

Healthy Baby Network

Overview

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YS: That this is the “end all” for the family, and it will be generational in the family. That is a myth! I was raised on the west side of Rochester off of Genesee Stree and Jefferson Avenue, raised by a single mother who I adore dearly. It’s the heads-of-household’s drive, grit, will, and determination to want more for the family. These values are instilled in the children of the future and these lessons begin at home. You are not where you live! That’s an address not the person.

 

KP: Does the Healthy Baby Network also serve men; if so, in what different ways?

YS: Yes we do! We provide referrals to local Fatherhood parenting programs as well as uninsured men by connecting them with a facilitated provider to receive free and/or low cost medical insurance.

 

KP: Can you tell us of an instance when your knowledge as an outreach worker was truly tested?

YS: Can’t say that I’ve ever been tested in the field. If there is something I am unaware of at the moment I have no problems with saying “I don’t know, but let me find out what I can about your question.” It doesn’t have to be complicated

 

KP: What health education concerns do you wish more people could become more aware? Why?

YS: Long-term Acting Reversible birth Control (LARC) It would be “silly” of me to think all women were practicing abstinence (in a perfect world sure). But give yourself five years of worry-free (set it and forget it) birth control is ideal. Pregnancy is not detrimental to a woman, but it can derail plans. Also, I would like to see men take on more responsible sexual health practices. Women DO NOT get pregnant by themselves.

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KP: What are the unique ways you reach community members? Speak of those you serve as well as your supporters.

YS: Exactly what our program does (Street Outreach). We target specific communities: those who are poverty stricken, are socio-economically challenged, have high infant mortality, and live in high-risk/high-need neighborhoods. By walking the streets we are “touching the people.” Far too many times we ask citizens to come to us. But with the outreach that we provide, the citizens of Rochester are unique; thus “we go to them”.

 

KP: How can we find out more about the organization you serve?

YS: The Healthy Baby Network has a wonderful website with a wealth of information. www.healthy-baby.net.

 

KP: On a personal note, how do you maintain balance between serving the community and self-care?

YS: The infamous question! I would NOT be able to serve the citizens in the capacity that I do if it wasn’t for my FAITH IN GOD. Proverbs 19:17: “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” Acts 20:35:  “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

 

Also, monthly massages, movie dates with my awesome husband, and spending time with my family. I make sure that I pray a blessing over those I encounter and pray that every time that I meet someone that Jesus opens the door for me to tell that person about His goodness. This is my ministry! I DO NOT take work home. At home I’m a mom and a wife. I MUST separate the two.

 

 

Komekia Peterson, M.S. provides community support for the Healthy MOMs program, actively serves on two not-for-profit boards, and is involved in matters related to mental health.