Helen Dimas, CLC, LSP is a Trainer and Program Coordinator for HC One. As a Certified Lactation Counselor and a certified doula, Helen trains and mentors breastfeeding peer counselors in Chicago, and facilitates trainings nationally for community women and frontline staff.
Helen has been a member of the HC One team since 1994. She has served as liaison and mentor for the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, and for three years, was responsible for their NICU Club. In April 2012, she was featured in the Cook County Health and Hospital System Newsletter for this work. She was also part of the team which developed and shaped the Illinois Breastfeeding Blueprint: A Plan for Change — a collaboration among HealthConnect One, the Illinois Department of Human Services and the University of Illinois School of Public Health — where she designed, convened and facilitated open forums across Chicago, later collecting and analyzing data from a wide array of stakeholders.
Through both her work at HC One and service to her inner-city neighborhood, Helen maintains her connection to women, children, and community. She has a long history of community activism with disenfranchised populations and views her work with HC One as an extension of that commitment.
Helen has served as chair of the Chicago Region Breastfeeding Task Force, is currently their Treasurer and Social Media Manager, and in 2015, she was re-elected to the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) as an Alternate Regional Representative for the Midwest Region (IL, MI, IN, MN, OH, WI). She serves also as HealthConnect One’s alternate representative to the USBC, and is serving her second 3-year term on USBC’s membership committee.
She is a proud mama, grandma, and wife of more than 35 years. A woman of strong faith, Helen is an active member of two parishes . . . and in her spare time, what she likes to do is volunteer and help moms!
“This isn’t my work. It’s my passion! . . . Our programs work for the women we serve because women before them have helped to shape these programs, these tools.”