The Training and Technical Assistance Team develops and delivers curricula through coordinated training activities to increase the knowledge, skills and abilities of all HS team members from frontline staff to project directors. We also provide technical assistance to Healthy Start programs through a variety of methods that effectively address program-specific challenges and capacity building needs.
Megan Hiltner, MPH, CLC focuses her work on improving maternal and child health programs and systems. She has served as a consultant, trainer, and project director on early childhood development, family planning, and women’s health projects. Megan has a masters in public health from Boston University with a concentration in maternal and child health. She is certified in the Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitation method, adult learning theory, and as a lactation counselor (CLC). Megan is the Training Team Lead for the Healthy Start EPIC Center, guiding training activities including webinars, peer learning networks, regional meetings, and conferences. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
Naomi Clemmons, MPH, has over twenty years of experience in the field of maternal and child health, working in partnership with communities, state, and federal government agencies as well as health centers to identify strategies for ensuring responsive systems of care and services for diverse populations. She has worked to address social determinants impacting the health and well-being of infants, women, children and their families, striving for health and racial equity. Naomi is the Technical Assistance Lead for the Healthy Start EPIC Center, ensuring culturally relevant and expert support that is responsive and tailored to local program’s specific needs and contexts.
Aisha Moore, MPH works with local, state, and federal government public health programs to improve program operations, communications, and engagement with communities to address health equity. Aisha believes that offering public health programs both professional and organizational development improves the chance of solving complex public health problems. She received her Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Aisha provides training and TA to Healthy Start grantees including regional meetings, the Cultivating Leaders Initiative, and peer learning networks. Aisha is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
Amanda Baker, MPH has worked extensively with HRSA funded programs, including MCHB and BPHC programs. She has three years of experience providing technical assistance to community-based organizations and Federally Qualified Health Centers with a particular focus on data collection and performance data. She earned her Masters of Public Health from the State University at Albany’s School of Public Health with a focus in epidemiology. Amanda is a TA Coordinator and also serves as the Help Desk Team Lead.
Catherine Bodkin, LCSW, MSHA, is a Senior Technical Assistance Specialist with ZERO TO THREE. She provides virtual and in-person technical assistance to communities and states, including Healthy Start grantees. She has facilitated communities of practice; coordinated webinars on sustainability, use of technology in home visiting, maternal depression and domestic violence; planned regional grantee meetings; developed a mentoring program; and participated in leadership training and conducted on-site program implementation reviews.
Durrell J. Fox is a Community Health Worker (CHW) with over 27 years of experience providing outreach, direct services, case management support and advocacy for HIV+ adolescents/young adults, their families and communities. He is currently a Community Health Worker-Health Equity Consultant providing technical assistance. He is a proud member of the CHW workforce continuing to serve in a volunteer CHW role coordinating and staffing a young men’s rites of passage program. Durrell serves as Fatherhood Initiative Lead.
Hannabah Blue is Dine’ (Navajo), originally from New Mexico, and has over 10 years in working in Tribal Public Health, with an emphasis on maternal and child health, sexual health, and substance use. She has a MSPH from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, with concentrations in Maternal and Child Health, and Women, Gender and Health. Hannabah is a member of the AStEPP team, a Technical Assistance Coordinator, and supports the Cultivating Leadership Initiative.
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Jan Shepherd MD, FACOG, is an obstetrician/ gynecologist with many years experience in patient care, medical education, and public health systems. She has delivered hundreds of babies, taught women’s health in numerous venues, and participated in policy development at both the state and national levels. Dr. Shepherd currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Medical Director for the Women’s Wellness Connection at the State of Colorado, and clinician/consultant for two women’s health clinics in the Denver area. She serves as Healthy Start EPIC Center Medical Advisor for Maternal Child Health Competencies and Best Practices.
Since 2012, Jillian Maccini has worked closely with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Healthy Start programs, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and other community based organizations to develop meaningful performance measurement and related quality improvement activities. Through tailored guidance, technical assistance, and training, she supports organizations in reporting processes and related workflows. Jillian received her MBA from Simmons College and is both a certified Project Management Professional and Patient Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert.
Jodie Albert has over fifteen years’ experience working in training, program planning and administration including conference logistics and coordination. On the Healthy Start EPIC training team, she is the primary person responsible for meeting and webinar logistics. Jodie has Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designation. In her many years as a successful project coordinator for JSI, she strives to use new forms of technology to improve the training experience for all attendees.
Karuna S. Chibber, DrPH. has over 15 years of experience as a researcher and evaluator working with local, state, and federal clients, community based organizations, and health plans to design, execute, monitor and evaluate programs. Her work focuses on maternal and child health, reproductive health, and preventing and responding to gender inequities. Karuna received a Doctor in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley and completed post- doctoral training in Women’s Health and Empowerment from the University of California, San Francisco.
Katelyn Flaherty Dore, MPH, CLC has 14 years of experience working with and supporting the maternal and child health (MCH) workforce. She has a masters in publich health from Boston University with a concentration in MCH and is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). Katelyn facilitates serves as a TA Coordinator for the Healthy Start EPIC Center and facilitates peer learning networks. She is also the Online Technologies Team Lead.
Katie Robert, MPA has managed many state and national project teams with staff and subcontractors located across the country. Katie is a diversity and cultural competence trainer, an active Board members with her local Public Health Association, and was part of the first cohort of local nonprofit leaders participating in a year-long intensive racial and health equity learning exchange. A proud Wildcat out of the University of New Hampshire, Katie has a Masters in Public Administration. She is a TA Coordinator and manages the lactation counselor training scholarship process. Katie is also a member of the Executive Leadership Team.
Maria Walawender holds a Bachelor of Science in public health from Saint Louis University. She completed a post-baccalaureate internship in Washington, D.C. focused on health equity. While she now calls New Hampshire home, Maria is a proud Michigander. She supports content development for the Healthy Start EPIC Center website and social media. She is also a member of the Help Desk and Online Technologies and Materials Development Teams.
Michelle Vatalaro, MPH specializes in curriculum development and distance learning. She has developed trainings on community maternal and child health, HIV prevention, health literacy, trauma informed care, abusive head trauma, child injury prevention, and quality improvement. Michelle has supported the development of the Healthy Start Community Health Worker Course, developed the Project Management Hub, assists on webinars, and supports the AStEPP team. She earned a BA from Colgate University and a MPH in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.
Naima Morales Cozier, MSPH, has 18 years of experience in training, curriculum design, and monitoring/evaluation for public health agencies. She is adept in the application of adult learning theory during both in-person and virtual training delivery. As a woman of color and mother, Naima has experienced first-hand the inequities that contribute to the poor health outcomes for black women and their children in U.S. and applies that lens to her work. She holds a MSPH from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Naima serves as a TA Coordinator, Cultivating Leadership Initiative Co-Lead, and expert trainer and TA provider.