2018 Execuive Committee
Laurie has worked in Public Health in Anoka County for over 30 years. Twenty-three of those 30 years of experience include Family Home Visiting. Since 2002 she has been the Public Health Nursing Manager having the responsibility to manage the following family home visiting programs/grants in Anoka County; Maternal Child Health (MCH), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Maternal Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) and Metro Alliance for Healthy Families (MAHF). Anoka County is also an implementation site for both evidence-based models, Nurse Family Partnership and Healthy Families America.
Within all of these programs Laurie has extensive experience both locally and statewide in community collaboration and coordination with Early Childhood Family Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Head Start, Social Services, Women Infant Children (WIC), other public health agencies and community agencies.
About the Local Public Health Association
The Local Public Health Association of Minnesota (LPHA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization that works to achieve a strong local public health system through leadership and collective advocacy on behalf of Minnesota’s county, city and tribal local public health departments. The Association represents more than 220 public health directors, supervisors and community health services administrators from throughout the state. LPHA is an affiliate of the Association of Minnesota Counties.
Theresa Gómez, Metro Alliance for Healthy Families – formerly represented by Karen Adamson
Theresa is the Program Manager for the Metro Alliance for Healthy Families, a nine county collaborative working in the Healthy Families America® (HFA) home visiting model. She has 30+ years of experience working in community based organizations, healthcare, and public health settings. She also serves as a volunteer Accreditation Peer Reviewer for HFA’s national office.
Theresa holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in the state of Minnesota.
About Metro Alliance for Healthy Families
The Metro Alliance for Healthy Families (Metro Alliance) is a collaborative of 9 counties and one city that applies a regional approach to targeted, intensive, home visiting. The Metro Alliance, a nationally accredited program, uses the Healthy Families America® evidence based home visiting model as the method to provide voluntary and strength based services. Home visiting staff are degreed professionals (social worker, public health nurse, etc.) that focus on child development within the context of the parent-child relationship. Home visitors also support the development of parents’ problem solving skills, reflective thinking, and parental empathy. The Metro Alliance is a formal collaboration working within a legal Joint Powers Agreement and governed by a board of elected officials representing each jurisdiction of the collaborative. Dakota County is the Administrative and Fiscal Agent for the Metro Alliance. Across the ten jurisdictions, there are 16 partner agencies and 75 total staff (approx. 50 FTE).
Karen Adamson, Hennepin County – Formerly Representing Metro Alliance
Karen has worked for Hennepin County Public Health for over 30 years. She is a PHN with an MPH in Maternal Child Health (MCH). She has worked in that area for her entire career. As the manager for MCH-EC at Hennepin County Public Health she has been active in the growth of home visiting, screening and referral of very young children in county services and advocating for better services for county involved youth. With a staff of 25 PHNs, social works and community health workers she has been successful in managing a budget over 5 million dollars in a way that includes both contracted and operated services to bring the county resources in partnership with the community partners who can help serve the very diverse needs of the families in Hennepin County. She is a former member and chair of the MCH Advisory Task Force, served on the ICC for eight years and represents early childhood on the Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative as well as several other local groups.
Ronel Robinson, Way to Grow – Representing Non-profits
Ronel has been Program Director with Way to Grow Inc. since 1991. Way to Grow is a holistic program serving families and children prenatal to age eight providing an evidenced informed literacy and health curriculum building on skills for school and life success. She has a BA in Organizational Management and Communications from Concordia University with additional studies at Minnesota State at Mankato in business administration plus early childhood education and maternal and child health.
Ronel manages the Way to Grow Dream Tracks Teen Parent Program serving teens and young moms ages 14- 24. She is a member of the Northside Achievement Zone (Early Childhood Committee), Minneapolis Healthy Start - Community Action Network, Hennepin County Teen Parent Connection, and the Minnesota Coalition of Targeted Home Visiting. She has also worked with the Minnesota Department of Education on the revisions of the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress, the African American Babies Project, and Northside Breastfeeding Initiative and many other community initiatives. Ronel is the current President of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers.
Pat Dale, Headway Emotional Health – Representing Non-profits
Pat is currently the CEO at Headway Emotional Health Services. He has been in his current position since 2001 and Headway since 1985. Pat has a BSW from Eau Claire.
Headway is currently a member of the Metro Alliance operating as a contracted provider of Hennepin County. We are accredited in HFA. We have been doing HFA since Hennepin County began contracting the services. Last fall Headway began preparations to add the Family Spirit home visiting model to specifically work with American Indian families. In addition to home visiting services, Headway provides services across the emotional health spectrum. Headway offers age 0-5 clinical services on an outpatient basis as well as providing therapeutic services to early childhood special education students in the Bloomington school district. In addition, Headway offers Children’s Mental Health Targeted Case Management.
Pat is currently the Chair of the Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative and the chair of the Social Connectedness work group of Hennepin County CHIP Initiative.
Molly Kenny, Minneapolis Crisis Nursery – Representing Non-profits (Renewing 2nd Year of Term)
Molly is currently the Coalition Co-chair. She is renewing the second year of her term.
Molly is the Strategic Initiatives Director of Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery. She has a Masters in Social Work from the College of St. Catherine/University of Minnesota and recently completed the Infant and Children’s Mental Health Certificate Program at the University of Minnesota and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of Minnesota. Molly has over 20 years of experience supporting high-risk families and children in crisis.
Beth Quist, is the Vice President of Child & Family Success at Lifetrack, which includes the Families Together Therapeutic Preschool and Home Visiting, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Family Outreach Services, and Specialized Family and Child Outreach Services. Beth has worked extensively in early childhood as an educator, manager and educational trainer since 1999. She continues to advocate for the development of innovative strategies to support today’s families with preventive education and strengths-based interventions to build a solid foundation where family resiliency can be enhanced. Beth is a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations.
Laura LaCroix-Dalluhn, Coalition Coordinator, provides strategic direction to and manages the work of the Coalition. Laura provides management, strategy and public relations consulting to her clients through LaCroix-Dalluhn Consulting. She focuses on improving possibilities and outcomes through sustainable solutions.