Every Woman Counts is an annual fundraising event for Healthy Birth Day, Inc. the nonprofit organization that created the Count the Kicks public health campaign. All proceeds benefit our mission to educate and empower expectant parents about the importance of kick counting in the third trimester of pregnancy.
Every year, we gather with sponsors, volunteers, donors, and families saved by Count the Kicks to celebrate our impact and raise additional funding to help us grow our impact even further.
We are busy planning our 2021 event and will have more details coming VERY soon! In the meantime, check out highlights from past Every Woman Counts events.
Watch the 2020 Virtual Event
The COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from gathering in person, so the 2020 Every Woman Counts event was held virtually. Watch the 2020 Virtual Event, then keep reading to learn more about the event.
2020 Founders Circle Award Winners
Janet Nickell Horras, State Home Visitation Director, Iowa Department of Public Health
Janet Nickell Horras has over 30 years of experience in the home visiting field. She has spent the last 20 years working at the state government level. Janet has a bachelor degree in human services and has completed additional graduate study in public administration. A career highlight was providing consultation to China’s health ministry in the development of a home visiting program in China. Janet and her husband have 8 adult children and 11 grandchildren ranging in age from 14 years down to 6 months old.
Dr. Neil Mandsager, Medical Director, MercyOne Perinatal Center
Dr. Mandsager started Perinatal Center of Iowa, LLC, in 1993. Born in Cameroon (a country located in west-central Africa), he was raised in Marshalltown, Iowa, and attended Wartburg College. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed his OB-GYN residency in Columbia, Missouri., before spending four years in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Mandsager completed a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is currently board-certified in obstetrics-gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.
Kimberly Noble Piper, State Genetics Coordinator, Iowa Department of Public Health
Kimberly Noble Piper, RN, BS, CPH, CPHG, is the state genetics coordinator for Iowa and the executive officer for the Center for Congenital and Inherited Disorders at the Iowa Department of Public Health. She holds certifications in public health and public health genomics. Kim started her nursing career as a maternity nurse and manager of maternity services in a large hospital in Des Moines. As a maternity nurse in a tertiary hospital, Kim cared for new families at all phases of the birthing process, from low-risk to high-risk pregnancies and deliveries. Regardless of the situation, Kim always feels that it was a privilege to share such a special experience with families.
Kim was the perinatal nurse consultant for the Iowa Department of Public Health for six years prior to becoming the state genetics coordinator in 2004. As the executive officer for the Center for Congenital and Inherited Disorders, Kim is responsible for administrative oversight of the state’s public health genomic programs, one of which is the stillbirth surveillance and prevention program.
Other CCID programs include newborn screening, maternal prenatal screening, regional genetics and neuromuscular clinics, Iowa Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders (Iowa’s birth defects and stillbirth registry), and family health history programming.