FYI - December 2016
Kimi Watkins-Tartt serves as the Deputy Director of the Alameda County Public Health Department. Ms. Watkins-Tartt is responsible for the oversight of the department’s operational divisions which include Family Health Services, Community Health Services, Public Health Nursing and Communicable Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, Ms. Watkins-Tartt oversees the management of internal department policies, program budget and grant coordination and personnel management. Ms. Watkins-Tartt has worked for over 25 years within the local public health community and brings a wealth of experience in public health administration, policy development, as well as community health planning and coordination. Prior to taking on the role of Deputy Director, Ms. Watkins-Tartt led the Division of Community Health Services, driving the Division’s strategic initiatives including the launching of new efforts that aligned with the department’s strategic direction to achieve health equity. Ms. Watkins-Tartt was instrumental in helping the public health department launch its local policy initiative and recently spearheaded the department’s Chronic Disease Prevention Planning process.
Ms. Watkins-Tartt has a long standing passion and commitment to health equity and social justice and currently serves on the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative and the Health Equity and Social Justice Committee of the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).
The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is excited to release a new family engagement resource that pushes beyond the preschool classroom towards a vision of engaging families along a continuum, from First Teacher to Policy Advocate. A collaborative effort led by First 5 Alameda County, Ripples of Transformation: Families Leading Change in Early Childhood Systems outlines how agencies and programs can empower families to advocate for equitable, culturally responsive and family friendly early childhood services.
On January 11, 2017 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM PST, CSSP will host a Live Webinar featuring a panel of early childhood leaders from Florida, Massachusetts and California, to present insights and strategies from the new toolkit. The interactive webinar will highlight cutting-edge strategies for early childhood agency and program leaders to promote equity-driven, family-led systems change. Finally, the panel will and explore policy and practice implications.
We look forward to hearing from all of you!
First 5 Alameda County’s mission is to support families, providers and communities so that every child in the county can achieve optimal health, development and well-being. To build a strong foundation, babies must be surrounded by stable, responsive and nurturing environments and research has consistently shown that Paid Leave has a huge influence on bolstering a family’s ability to provide these healthy environments. This is why First 5 Alameda County has been advocating on the local, state and national level for paid leave and why we have decided to implement our own paid Maternal/Paternal leave.
Backdating to January of this year, the First 5 Alameda County Commission has approved a new benefit for First 5 Alameda County staff to pay employees for the first four weeks of their leave to bond with their newborn, adopted child or foster child. “While we hope that someday the US will join all other developed nations in offering paid parental leave to new parents, we are proud to be implementing a policy that will better support families in these crucial first weeks of bonding,” says First 5 Alameda County CEO Janis Burger.
In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, First 5 Alameda County and several foundations, SupplyBank.Org kicked off the Baby Hygiene Kit program on Saturday, December 10th at the Eastmont Mall WIC office in Oakland. More than 50,000 diapers, 60,000 baby wipes, hundreds of "diaper backpacks” and other items were distributed to nearly 500 families in need. This event marked the start of an effort to solve "diaper need" for thousands of families in four Bay Area counties and more than 100 domestic violence shelters and county offices of education statewide. In attendance were First 5 Alameda County CEO Janis Burger, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson, SupplyBank.Org Founder, Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson and several partnering public agency representatives.