MAY 2022
In The Loop With
Healthy Start
In this issue:
  • We are Impact100 Grant Award recipients!
  • Our Community Baby shower was a huge success
  • Program & staffing highlights
  • Thank you St. Mary's Episcopal Church for celebrating our moms for Mother's Day
  • Nurse Family Partnership graduation
  • Indian River State College students help with spreading the Healthy Start name
We are Impact100 Grant Award Recipients!
On April 19th, we were 1 of 3 agencies awarded $100,000 at Impact100's Grant Awards Celebration. Yes. You read that right. ONE. HUNDRED. THOUSAND. DOLLARS.

This award will fully fund our M.O.M Mobile, or Maternity-On-The-Move Mobile, a 38-foot mobile clinic that will provide prenatal care to the uninsured all over Martin County. The $100,000 Grant will be pooled together with Martin County Board of County Commissioners’ seed support of $284,214 through ARPA funding.

Women will no longer wonder how they will get to their prenatal appointments, because now, we’re going to them.

Words cannot express our deepest gratitude to Impact100 Martin for choosing to make our big dreams a reality.

We as a coalition are also so thankful for our CEO, Samantha Suffich. Samantha dreams big, aims high, and goes above and beyond to support the moms and babies of Martin County.

It’s hard to believe that after 3 years our dreams are going to become a reality, and lack of transportation, insurance or childcare will no longer be an obstacle for our Martin County moms.

Now, let the work begin!
Our Community Baby Shower Was A Success!
Thank you to all the agencies and attendees that came to our first Community Baby Shower. We raffled items, ate, danced and connected our community to valuable resources!
Photo credit:
Program & Staffing Highlight
Development Consultant Terry Lee Kaly
Terry Lee Kaly, Development Consultant, has been involved in youth service and child advocacy for over 30 yrs. She served as the CEO of Big Brothers / Big Sisters in Philadelphia, PA and South Florida for a total of 12 years. She has also served as the CEO of the Girls Scouts of America at the third largest council in the country.

For the past 10 years, TK Associates Fund Raising Consultants, of which she is the Founder, has focused on national and international capital campaigns primarily for animals, children, indigent and the voiceless in society.
Thank you St. Mary's Episcopal Church for celebrating our moms!
St. Mary's Episcopal Church put together beautiful gift bags for some of our Healthy Start moms in honor of Mother's Day. Thank you for thinking of us and showing our moms love on their special day!
Nurse Family Partnership April Graduation
Nurse Family Partnership is a home-visitation program that we offer to our first time moms. A LOT changes when you have a baby, and NFP helps to make that adjustment easier. Moms usually get enrolled around 28 weeks, and a nurse stays and works with both mom and baby until their baby turns 2 years old.

Here is Telindalee, one of our nurse home visitors, with Kimberly and her absolutely adorable baby girl Nihan who both graduated from the NFP program at the end of April!
IRSC Capstone Students Work With Healthy Start to Increase Awareness Within Our Community
3 students from Indian River State College who were finishing their Bachelor's in Business joined the Healthy Start team for 3 months. They helped us update our marketing materials, created gift bags for the baby shower and Rebecca even created a diaper jeep as a raffle item!
From left to right: Samantha Suffich (CEO), Rebecca Torres, Magaly Jaimes, Ashlie Siegert, Jill Taylor (Community Engagement Manager)
How you can help end diaper need
1 in 3 U.S. families experience diaper need.

We want to change that. Please visit our AmazonSmile charity list and consider donating if you feel led. We can never have enough wipes, size 5 and 6 diapers and size 3T-4T pull up!