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Laurie Baksh MPH
she/her/hers
Director, Office of Maternal and Child Health
lbaksh@utah.gov
Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Family Health, Office of Maternal and Child Health
Manages the Office of Maternal and Child Health which is composed of WIC, Adolescent Health, MCH Epidemiology, Maternal and Infant Health, the Utah Women and Newborns Quality Collaborative, and the Title V Block Grant.
Women/maternal/perinatal/infant/adolescent
Amy Nance MPH
she/her/hers
Director, Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs
aenance@utah.gov
Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Family Health, Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs
Manages the Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs and oversees the budget and implementation of CSHCN programs for the MCH block grant, state General Fund and other CSHCN programming, such as the Fostering Healthy Children Program.
CYSCHN/Children
Topic(s) of Interest:
CYSHCN, Care Coordination, Foster Care, Medical Home, Transisiton to Adulthood, Developmental Screenings, and Family Partnerships
Nickee Andjelic MS
she/her/hers
Maternal and Infant Health Program Manager
npalacios@utah.gov
Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Family Health, Office of Maternal and Child Health
Manages the Maternal and Infant Health Program which includes PRAMS, SOARS, maternal and infant mortality review, MotherToBaby, and maternal mental health
Women/maternal/perinatal/infant
Topic(s) of Interest:
Contraception, preconception health, maternal mortality and morbidity, maternal mental health
Eric Christensen BA/MPH
he/him
Program Manager, Integrated Services Program
echristensen@utah.gov
Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Family Health, Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs
Core writer for NPM's 11 and 12, Coordinate DHHS Transition and Medical Home Committees, Manage three care coordination teams: CYSHCN, Early Childhood, Afghan Refugee Early Childhood
CYSHCN/Children
Topic(s) of Interest:
Transition to Adulthood, LGBTQIA+ Youth, Un- Under-insured, Care Coordination, Medical Home, Primary Care, Early Childhood, Developmental Delay, Refugee Health, Early Screening, ASD
Joey Hanna BS Social Work
she/her/hers
Utah Parent Center, Director
Joey@utahparentcenter.org
Utah Parent Center Executive Director Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC)
CYSHCN Family Perspective
CYSHCN/Children
Topic(s) of Interest:
CYSHCN; Family and Professional Partnerships; Community Engagement/Outreach; Transition to Adult Life

Utah MCH Members

Michael Sanderson MS Sociology
he/him
Epidemiology Program Manager/SSDI Project Director
msanderson@utah.gov
Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Family Health, Office of Maternal and Child Health
Coordinates the annual Title V MCH Block Grant report and application. Provide epidemiological support to programs within the Office of MCH and CSHCN
All
Topic(s) of Interest:
Health disparities, Severe Maternal Morbidity (SMM), maternal mental health
Esperanza Re1 Linguistics, B.A.; Sociology, B.S.; Human Development & Social Policy, M.S.
she/her/hers
Utah Parent Center, Associate Director
esperanza@utahparentcenter.org
Family to Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC) Project Director
CYSHCN Family Perspective
CYSHCN
Topic(s) of Interest:
CYSHCN; Family and Professional Partnerships; Community Engagement/Outreach; Transition to Adult Life
Elizabeth Gerke MPH
she/her/hers
Adolescent Health Program Manager
egerke@utah.gov
Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Family Health, Office of Maternal and Child Health
Manages the Adolescent Health Program
Adolescent
Topic(s) of Interest:
Adolescent health
Dulce Diez MPH
she/her
Director, Office of Health Equity
ddiez@utah.gov
Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Access, Office of Health Equity
Manages the Office of Health Equity
All
Topic(s) of Interest:
Reduce health disparities by developing data driven tools and promising/best practice; fostering evidence-based research and data disaggregation; promoting community-based participatory approach and multi-sectorial collaborations.
Dakota Matherly BA Psychology, BA Philosophy
he/him
Director, Office of Early Childhood
dakotamatherly@utah.gov
Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Family Health, Office of Early Childhood
Responsible for the continuous development and improvement of Utah's early childhood mixed delivery system, specifically, the 0 to 8 age range.
Child
Topic(s) of Interest:
Autism spectrum disorder, child development, neurodivergent development, complex/challenging behaviors, data analysis, and data systems development.
Elizabeth VanSant-Webb Masters of Arts in Teaching and Masters of Education
she/her(s)
Home Visiting Program Manager and MIECHV Project Director
elizabethvw@utah.gov
Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Family Health, Office of Early Childhood
Oversees and administers all federal and state funding for evidence-based home visiting.
Maternal/child/infant
Topic(s) of Interest:
Systems building, strategic planning, workforce development, community engagement, and responsive service delivery
Teresa Brechlin Bachelor of Social Work
she/her/hers
Program Manager, Violence and Injury Prevention Program
tbrechlin@utah.gov
Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Population Health, Office of Population Health
Violence and Injury Surveillance, Prevention, and Response
Child/Adolescent
Topic(s) of Interest:
Shared risk and protective factors, social determinants of health, opioid prevention and response, rape prevention, suicide prevention, bullying prevention, TBI, Child fatality review, domestic violence fatality review, SUID/SDY, health equity, harm reduction
Chris Furner MS, CHES
Program Manager, Utah WIC Program
cfurner@utah.gov
Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Family Health, Office of Maternal and Child Health
Manages the Utah WIC Program
Maternal/infant/child
Mykio Saraci0 MPA
she/her/hers
Division of Family Health Financial Manager
msaraci0@utah.gov
Utah Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Family Health
Oversee fiscal operations for all Division of Family Health programs. Our largest MCH-related grant-funded sources include Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), Preschool Development Grant (PDG), WIC, Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant and IDEA Part C Early Intervention.
All
Topic(s) of Interest:
Federal grant management, best practices, funding opportunities related to anything within the family health realm.
Heather Sarin MBA, MPH
she/her
Quality Improvement Director, Utah Women and Newborns Quality Collaborative
hsarin@utah.gov
Utah Department of Health and Human Services/Division of Family Health/Office of Maternal and Child Health
Improve maternal and infant health outcomes statewide
Women/maternal/perinatal/infant
Topic(s) of Interest:
Quality Improvement in areas of: Maternal Health, Maternal Mental Health, Out of Hospital/Community Births, Neonatal, Alliance for In0vation on Maternal Health (AIM) Patient Safety Bundles, Engaging providers (both inpatient and outpatient), Data Collection, Reducing health disparities, involving people with lived experience, Perinatal Infant and Maternal Mortality Review and Perinatal Quality Collaboratives