Brenda has worked in public health in several different capacities. As a young adult, she worked with children with autism in a group home setting. This inspired her to further her education, taking a nursing pathway. After graduating from nursing school her first role was working in an inpatient mental health facility; this led to a position within community mental health, working with adults with developmental disabilities and children and adults with mental illness. While completing her BSN, she transitioned into the coordinator role with the Children’s Special Health Care Program at Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services (KCHCS). As part of the Maternal Child Health team, she assisted in writing the competitive Healthy Start grant, which funds Kalamazoo’s Healthy Babies, Healthy Start (HBHS) home visiting program. In 2019 she stepped into the role of Maternal Child Health Division manager for KCHCS, overseeing the home visiting programs HBHS, Healthy Families America and Nurse Family Partnership. She acts as co-coordinator for the robust Fetal Infant Mortality Review team in Kalamazoo as well as co-coordinator for the Safe Sleep grant. She pictures a future where every woman, every child and every man are treated with dignity.
Home visiting is a strategy of Michigan’s Mother Infant Health & Equity Improvement Plan (MIHEIP), as it can support maternal, child, and family health and help Michigan move toward the vision of zero preventable deaths and zero health disparities. It is important for healthcare providers, public health professionals, and community members to understand the home […]