The Healthy Homes, Healthy Children Working Group is making sure all babies in our region are born healthy and stay healthy. The group wants every child and family to have access to important resources such as prenatal care, newborn home visitation programs and well-child medical screenings.

Current Priorities:

  • Develop a regional infant safe sleep campaign where families learn to put their babies safely to sleep to help keep them healthy. Click here to learn about Sleep Tight Hampton Roads.
  • Align the screening process for new mothers and their newborns so there is one protocol for identifying needs.
  • Create a Pathway through Pregnancy roadmap to help mothers deliver healthy babies.

Healthy Homes, Healthy Children Working Group Members:

  • Aynmarie Carter, Fleet & Family Support Center
  • Emily Chebetar, Infant and Toddler Connection of Norfolk
  • Julie Dixon, The Planning Council
  • Lisa Engle, Chesapeake Health Department
  • Misa Ewing, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
  • Kate Ferguson, EVMS
  • Rosalind Hopkins, UP Center
  • Joanna Liston, Virginia Beach Infant Program
  • Trish O’Brien, CHIP
  • Amy Paulson, Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Delores Price, Bon Secours Hospital
  • Tamie Rittenhouse, Children’s Center – Head Start
  • Dr. Cynthia Romero, EVMS Brock Institute
  • Katie Slauson-Blevins, Old Dominion University
  • Kellie Smith, Chesapeake Health Department
  • Jaylene Trueblood, Chesapeake Infant and Behavioral Health
  • Shawn Ware-Avant, Eastern Region Child Fatality Review
  • Dr. Nancy Welch, Chesapeake Health Department
  • Lori White, Obici Hospital
  • Barbara Willis, Hampton Roads Community Health Center

“It is my hope that the Minus 9 to 5 initiative will implore service providers, systems staff and citizens to embrace an approach that shares resources and time to create solutions that empower the people each project is designed to impact. It is the only way to BE the change we want to see.”

Shawn Ware-Avant, Community Volunteer