Schoharie County Maternal and Child Health Team, Schoharie County Department of Health

Schoharie County Maternal and Child Health Team

Pictured from left to right:

  • Valarie Manchester, BSN, MaryAnn Purack, RN, Linda Stiles, CCC-SLP and Asante Shipp-Hilts, MPH

Valarie Manchester, BSN (Public Health Nurse), MaryAnn Purack, RN (Registered Nurse), Linda Stiles, SLP (Pre School Special Needs Coordinator) and Asante Shipp-Hilts, MPH (former Schoharie County Public Health Director) of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Team have demonstrated a continued and significant commitment to improving the public health of the Schoharie county community by creating the Healthy Families Schoharie County (HFSC) Intensive Home Visiting Program.

HFSC was created to move beyond the basic service of post-partum and newborn assessments to a more comprehensive evidence-based strategy involving the coordinated action of many groups. The mission of the program is to improve child and family outcomes by providing supportive home visiting to new and expectant families. The MCH team worked with several other agencies across the county creating the Healthy Families Schoharie County partnership to maximize financial resources and implement a universal referral system.

Asante Shipp-Hilts now works with the NYSDOH Office of Public Health Practice as the coordinator of research on the evaluation of Hurricane Sandy impact on public health infrastructure.

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