Monterey County Coalition

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Breastfeeding, Your Sanctuary

Our Vision

Breastfeeding will be the norm in Monterey County for at least the first year of life and exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life.

Our Mission

To improve infant, maternal, and family health through education and collaborative partnerships of public and private organizations to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding in Monterey County.

Our Core Values
    We believe in and strive to shape a future Monterey County where:

  • A child has a right to be born healthy and raised in a safe and nurturing environment;
  • There is equal access to quality health care for everyone;
  • Health disparities among all populations are eliminated;
  • Practitioners provide care that includes cultural competency and respect for diversity; and
  • Education and outreach encourage healthy choices.

    The Coalition acts as a catalyst for change and creates partnerships among community groups, agencies, nonprofit organizations, professional associations, businesses and government agencies.  Through these efforts we work to promote optimal health for mothers and babies and to strengthen families and build healthy communities.  Our Coalition is a charitable 501c-3 non-profit organization. 


Steering Committee

Trina Ammar, MPP, RN, IBCLC, RLC
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Director
Lactation Support Service Coordinator
a Baby-Friendly Birth Facility™
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula; Ph: 831.625.4515 x1702; 

Zosia Chciuk, MSN, RNC, IBCLC, RLC
Assistant Director Intermediate Intensive Care Nursery
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula; Ph: 831.625.4771;

Shawna Helmuth, BS, RN, IBCLC, RLC
Lactation Service Coordinator
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
Ph: 831.757.4333 x2852;

Alan Rosen, MD, Advisor
Monterey Peninsula Pediatric Group
Ph: 831.333.0999;

Our National Affiliation

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition
200 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor, Alexandria, VA 22311-1732
Tel: 703.837.4792, Fax: 703.684.3247

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