Terra Bautista resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She received a Bachelors of Arts from Western Michigan University, and currently is employed through Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services. Her journey in public health started as a home visitor for the Healthy Babies Health Start program (HBHS). As a home visitor she worked with pregnant women and families providing education, support, advocacy and linkages to community resources. In 2016 she transitioned into a leadership role as the program supervisor. She was instrumental in advocating for funding, developing, and implementing fatherhood support services for expecting and parenting fathers ,which led to the 4Dad fatherhood program. 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 home visiting program. She serves as part of the care coordination leadership team and has provided several presentations as it relates to Cradle Kalamazoo and infant mortality.
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 […]