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Health Outreach, Promotion, & Education (HOPE)

The Health Outreach, Promotion, and education (HOPE) Unit’s mission is to prevent injury, disease, and illness through primary prevention activities such as education, advocacy, and health communication. Through collaboration with other unit’s at the SJC Department of Health, community partners, local businesses, and community organizations, HOPE’s work is critical to overall health and wellbeing in the community.

Upcoming Meetings:

2023 Meeting dates for Maternal Infant Health Initiatives.

Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Case Review Team:

Friday, January 20, 2023

  • 12:00pm to 12:20pm  Open to Public
  • 12:20pm to 1:30pm  Closed Executive Session for Case Review
  • Executive Session of FIMR Case Review will take place  12:00p – 1:30pm at the Center for Hospice Care 501 Comfort Pl, Mishawaka, IN 46545 and/or Zoom.

2/17, 3/17, 5/19, 7/21, 9/15, 11/17

Community Action Team Workgroups

Time and locations of these meetings are subject to change from month to month based on the availability of workgroup members. Most meetings are via Zoom. Workgroup members are maternal child health professionals and community members with experience in the variety of projects in progress. For more information, contact Sally Dixon, RN at or 574-250-8680

Birth Equity & Justice SJC, Legislation & Policy Work Group: Focused on local, state, and federal policies that will improve maternal-fetal-infant outcomes for our community. Includes preparing information for lawmakers pertinent to legislation under consideration.

2nd Wednesday of each month from 9a-10a.

1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6/14, 7/12, 8/9, 9/13, 10/11, 11/8, 12/13.

Maternal, Infant, & Preconception Health Workgroup: Currently focused on improving access to maternal mental health care in our community.

2nd Tuesday of each month from 10a – 11a.

1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/11, 5/9, 6/13, 7/11, 8/8, 9/12, 10/10, 11/14, 12/12

Birth Equity & Justice, SJC Community Engagement Work Group Currently focused on holding “Sharing Pregnancy and Birth Story Cafes” to learn about mothers’ experiences during pregnancy and the first year of their baby’s life.

Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 10:30a to 11:30am

1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/15, 7/20, 8/17, 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/15

Maternal Infant Health Initiatives Community Action Update:  Quarterly update on all Maternal Infant Health Initiative community action and infant and pregnancy loss data.

January update:

Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 10:30am.  Location to be announced.

Remaining 2023 dates to be announced.

Locations to be announced.


Contact Us

Robin Vida, MPH, CHES, Director of HOPE (Health Outreach, Promotion, & Education)
Phone: (574) 235-9750, Extension 7956

Kristen Sachman, CHES, Health Promotion Specialist
Phone: (574) 235-9750, Extension 7962