We’re thrilled to introduce the winners of our 2021 “Champions for Change” Awards, which we celebrate every September in recognition of Infant Mortality Awareness Month. Each of these champions went the extra mile to make our community a better place for women, moms and babies.
Our 2021 champions are:
Champion for Empathy
Jeanne Bloemer is a home visitor with Pathways to Home, a home visiting agency in Harrison, Ohio. In this role, Jeanne supports women of all backgrounds in meeting their parenting and self-sufficiency goals. She is described by her peers as a natural relationship builder whose open and gentle nature allows her to make connections with the families she serves. Jeanne is adept at understanding the challenges new moms face and embraces her role of supporting and lifting up women, so that they can do the hard work of parenting.
Champion of Collaboration
Tia Rochelle is the owner of Jahnispot, a concierge service in Cincinnati. Tia played a pivotal role in a first-of-its-kind virtual infant mortality summit held in April in Hamilton County. She provided leadership and logistical support in the planning and execution of the week-long event, which featured more than 50 speakers and had more than 2,000 participants. Her ability to gracefully collaborate with dozens of partners resulted in an empowering summit experience for both the professionals and families in attendance.
Champion for Support
Rosemary Oglesby Henry is CEO and founder of Rosemary’s Babies Company, an organization that supports teen parents and their families. Since 2016, Rosemary’s Babies Company has served more than 1,000 families in greater Cincinnati and partnered with more than 100 agencies and businesses to deliver holistic, family-centered services to teen parents. Under Rosemary’s leadership, the organization offers inclusive and non-judgmental support for parents’ short and long-term needs, and welcomes parents and their extended families for unique programming and services.
Champions for Empowerment
Brianna Dunevant is a maternal smoking cessation program manager at UC Health, and Brittney Dickerson is an obstetrics program coordinator at UC Health. Brianna and Brittney launched a food pantry at UC Women’s Health Center to assist their food insecure patients. Women are now able to receive three days worth of food when they attend their prenatal appointments – as well as “ready to eat” food for families without reliable electricity or easily accessible places to cook food. Brianna and Brittney are now expanding what they offer women to include hygiene products and baby clothes.
Congratulations to our winners and thank you!