Health Connect One, Chicago, IL
Brenda Reyes is a bilingual registered nurse and certified lactation counselor. As the program manager for HealthConnect One (HC One), she has over 15 years of experience working with diverse organizations to create and implement peer support programs for new moms and families. Her work engages communities every step of the way. In 2011 – 2012, Brenda worked on Communities Putting Prevention to Work and on Chicago’s Healthy Places initiative, and formed part of the team which developed the Hospital Breastfeeding Toolkit for Illinois’ State Perinatal Breastfeeding Quality Improvement Project. Currently, she serves as HC One’s representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) . She is also an elected board member of USBC and the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Support Providers of Color. She participates in the Center for Social Inclusion’s National First Food Racial Equity Cohort; served as a work group member of the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) for the United States; and she is an Expert Panel Member for Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). She is a frequent speaker on breastfeeding, maternal and child health, health equity, and supporting Latino families. Brenda is a reproductive justice & racial equity advocate and mother of 3 breastfed children.