About Us


Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai‘i (HMHB) was initially established as a statewide steering committee and became a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization in 1992. We are a local nonprofit agency that is part of a national network of organizations and individuals committed to improving Hawai‘i’s maternal, child and family health through collaborative efforts in public education, advocacy and partner development.

National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies

The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition was founded in 1981, prompted by the US Surgeon General’s conference on infant mortality. Six lead organizations established the coalition to improve the quality and reach of public and professional education related to prenatal and infant care: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the March of Dimes, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Nurses Association (ANA), the National Congress of Parents and Teachers, and the US Public Health Service.

Today, the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition is a recognized leader and resource in maternal and child health, reaching an estimated 10 million health care professionals, parents and policymakers through its membership of over 100 local, state, and national organizations.

We believe in…

  • A child’s right to be born healthy and raised in a safe and nurturing environment
  • Equal access to quality health care
  • A collective voice to facilitate change
  • Eliminating health disparities among all populations
  • Cultural competence and respect for diversity
  • Education to encourage healthy choices


Board of Directors

2016 - 2017 Members:

Kari Wheeling 
Lin Joseph 
Laurie Temple Field 
Tracey Ohta 
Colleen Ching 
Angelina Mercado 
Heaven Owens
Takara Bullock 
Lea Minton

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii Staff:

Lisa Kimura - Executive Director
Katelyn McIntosh - Program Coordinator
Nicole Davis - Project Coordinator
Karolyn Lam - Public Health Intern
Becky Mangrobang - Web & Graphic Designer
Michelle Gray - Bookkeeper


Click Text Call

Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawai‘i (HMHB) offers three FREE* and convenient resources before, during and after pregnancy.

Whether you are planning to get pregnant or are already pregnant you can CLICK TEXT or CALL  for helpful information and resources:

CLICK through our website, FacebookTwitter or Instagram

TEXT BABY to 511411

CALL 808-951-6660 on O‘ahu or 888-951-6661 toll-free Neighbor Island

*Text4baby is free from participating carriers. No messaging plan is required. Visit the partners page at text4baby.org for a list of participating carriers.