Healthy Homes, Healthy Children

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Our Focus

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



“Being a part of this workgroup of like-minded individuals passionate about making a difference for women, children, and families in our region has made me dream bigger. I believe our work will lead the way, providing a pathway for resources. I believe all families should be empowered to live healthier, thrive in their communities, and pass it on for generations to come. We have only just begun to see what is possible.”
Megan J. Buchholz,
Megan J. Buchholz, Clinical Transformation Manager, Mid Atlantic Women’s Care
Working Group Members
Megan Buchholz, American Heart Association Chanacy Butler, EVMS, Loving Steps- VA Healthy Start Initiative Angela Carney, Norfolk Dept of Human Services Latrese Cowell, Portsmouth Department of Health Sophie Jaffee, Welcoming Baby- Sentara Health Tanika Jones, Norfolk WIC Sylvia Gore, NSU, Zeta Phi Beta/ Stork's Nest Matt Herman, EVMS, The Brock Institute Candice McDaniel, Urban Baby Beginnings Keesha Knight McMillan, CHIP of SHR Brandi Mezzapeso, VB Health Department Lisa Milburn (co-chair), Sentara Obici Hospital Keila Newell, Postpartum Virginia (Southeastern) Trish O'Brien (co-chair), CHIP of SHR Amy Paulson, EVMS, CINCH Lameisha Poole, The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood Renatta Ramshawd, Norfolk Department of Health- WIC Dr. Lindsay Robbins, EVMS OBGYN Dr. Cynthia Romero (co-chair), EVMS Brock Institute Courtney Seaborne, Sentara Health Farah Silva, Fortify Children's Health Phyllis Stoneburner, Healthy Chesapeake, Inc. Nicole Taylor-Baptiste, Chesapeake Health Department Emily Terifay, EVMS at ODU VA Health Science Brittany Watson, Virginia Neonatal Perinatal Collaborative Dr. Nancy Welch, Chesapeake Health Department Barbara Willis, Hampton Roads Community Health Center Denise Williams, Norfolk WIC
Contact Beth Parker for more information at ParkerEK@ODU.EDU