Staff

Strong Start Healthy Start

Staff

Who We Are

Our staff is made up of Community Health Workers, Public Health Nurses, a Health Educator, a Fatherhood Facilitator, a FIMR Coordinator, and Community Peer Advisors. We are a certified and experienced team of friendly parent coaches available to support and promote the health of expectant moms, expectant dads, and parenting families of children less than two years old

Regina Traylor, MSN, RN, CNS is currently the Director of the Maternal Child Health Division for the Ingham County Health Department. Regina plans, develops, implements, and provides oversight for multiple programs within the Maternal Child Health division which includes Strong Start | Healthy Start. Regina completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and her Master of Science in Nursing degree at Troy State University, Montgomery.

Contact Regina: rtraylor@ingham.org

Isaias Solis, MSW, is the Strong Start | Healthy Start Supervisor. Isaias participates in the development and administration of the Strong Start | Healthy Start program including direct supervision of the SSHS staff. Isaias completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations & Policy at Michigan State University, James Madison College and his Master of Social Work degree at the University of Michigan. Isaias is honored to serve the community and works to improve the health of families in Ingham County. He is a proud resident of South Lansing.

Contact Isaias: isolis@ingham.org

Crystal Pirtle Tyler, PhD, MPH, is the Strong Start | Healthy Start Evaluator. Crystal takes an empowerment approach to evaluation and works closely with the Healthy Start team to ensure that evaluation objectives and methods align with project goals. She also supports public health agencies in developing realistic and informative community health improvement strategies. Crystal completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies at Spelman College, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan and a PhD in Perinatal Epidemiology at Michigan State University.

Contact Crystal: ctyler@mphi.org

Alysia Osoff, MSN, RN, CEN, is the Strong Start | Healthy Start Senior Public Health Nurse. Alysia engages the Ingham County perinatal community in order to share infant mortality data and collaborate with providers to offer education and outreach to perinatal women. Alysia also provides backbone support to the Infant Mortality Coalition and serve as the Fetal Infant Mortality (FIMR) coordinator, providing regular review of fetal and infant deaths in the community. Alysia received her Master of Science in Nursing degree in Nursing Education in 2015 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in Science and Nursing in 2000.

Contact Alysia: aosoff@ingham.org

Dana Watson, BA, is currently the Strong Start | Healthy Start Health Educator. Dana develops and presents health education programs to modify current behavior and improve the health of Ingham County residents. She also informs residents of health risk factors and wellness programs and evaluates, organizes, promotes, and implements health risk reduction and wellness programs such as smoking cessation and community wellness promotion. Dana received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Michigan State University. Dana has been with the Ingham County Health Department since 2009.

Contact Dana: dwatson@ingham.org

Jonathan Lawrence, BSW, is currently the Strong Start | Healthy Start Fatherhood Facilitator. Jonathan plans, coordinates, and facilitates workshops that involve fatherhood education. Jonathan also provides one on one service to fathers that may need some additional support in becoming a great father or navigating through various systems. Jonathan received his Bachelor of Social Work degree from Benedict College in Columbia South Carolina.

Contact Jonathan: Jlawrence2@ingham.org

Tamara Jones serves as a Community Health Worker with the Strong Start | Healthy Start team. Tamara provides case management services to prenatal and postpartum women through the Healthy Start program. She attends home visits with clients, working with them to promote healthy prenatal care, encouraging families through difficult life obstacles. Tamara is a certified phlebotomist and nursing assistant. She completed her training at Lansing Community College.

Contact Tamara: tjones@ingham.org

Elon Geffrard, BS, serves as a Community Health Worker with the Strong Start | Healthy Start team. Elon provides case management services to prenatal and postpartum women through the Healthy Start program. She attends home visits with clients, working with them to promote healthy prenatal care, encouraging families through difficult life obstacles. Elon received her Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Health Cognate in Psychology from Michigan State University.

Contact Elon: egeffrard@ingham.org

Ashley Gonzalez serves as a Community Health Worker with the Strong Start | Healthy Start team. Ashley provides case management services to prenatal and postpartum women through the Healthy Start program. She attends home visits with clients, working with them to promote healthy prenatal care, encouraging families through difficult life obstacles. Ashley is a resident of Lansing and is very familiar with the community and resources available. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Services in 2014. 

Contact Ashley: agonzalez2@ingham.org
Na'imah Muhammad serves as the Community Action Network Coordinator.  Na'imah is a native of Detroit and graduated from Aisha Shule WEB DuBois Academy. She has extensive experience working with pre-natal, Interconception, and post-natal moms in her experiences with Willow Tree Family Center, and is constantly recruiting family to services in the area. Na'imah is knowledgeable , resourceful, and takes pride in constantly improving as a mother of her 2 year old Noah, student, and community member.

Contact Na'imah: nmuhammad@ingham.org
  Freddie Bills serves as a Community Peer Advisor with the Strong Start | Healthy Start team.  Freddie is from Memphis, Tennessee, but has lived in the Lansing community his entire life. He is a very active member of the community, with involvement in organizations such as Homeless Angels, Stop the Violence, and D&J Promotions, among others.  He is also the proud father of 2 daughters and 4 sons, so he is quite experienced when it comes to issues related to responsible fatherhood.  

Contact Freddie: fbills@ingham.org

Crystal Pirtle Tyler, PhD, MPH, is the Strong Start | Healthy Start Evaluator. Crystal takes an empowerment approach to evaluation and works closely with the Healthy Start team to ensure that evaluation objectives and methods align with project goals.  She also supports public health agencies in developing realistic and informative community health improvement strategies.  Crystal completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies at Spelman College, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan and a PhD in Perinatal Epidemiology at Michigan State University.

ctyler@mphi.org

Crystal Pirtle Tyler, PhD, MPH, is the Strong Start | Healthy Start Evaluator. Crystal takes an empowerment approach to evaluation and works closely with the Healthy Start team to ensure that evaluation objectives and methods align with project goals.  She also supports public health agencies in developing realistic and informative community health improvement strategies.  Crystal completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies at Spelman College, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan and a PhD in Perinatal Epidemiology at Michigan State University.

ctyler@mphi.org

Crystal Pirtle Tyler, PhD, MPH, is the Strong Start | Healthy Start Evaluator. Crystal takes an empowerment approach to evaluation and works closely with the Healthy Start team to ensure that evaluation objectives and methods align with project goals.  She also supports public health agencies in developing realistic and informative community health improvement strategies.  Crystal completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies at Spelman College, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan and a PhD in Perinatal Epidemiology at Michigan State University.

ctyler@mphi.org

Crystal Pirtle Tyler, PhD, MPH, is the Strong Start | Healthy Start Evaluator. Crystal takes an empowerment approach to evaluation and works closely with the Healthy Start team to ensure that evaluation objectives and methods align with project goals.  She also supports public health agencies in developing realistic and informative community health improvement strategies.  Crystal completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies at Spelman College, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology at the University of Michigan and a PhD in Perinatal Epidemiology at Michigan State University.

ctyler@mphi.org

Dana Watson, BA, is currently the Strong Start | Healthy Start Health Educator.  Dana develops and presents health education programs to modify current behavior and improve the health of Ingham County residents.  She also informs residents of health risk factors and wellness programs and evaluates, organizes, promotes, and implements health risk reduction and wellness programs such as smoking cessation and community wellness promotion.  Dana received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Michigan State University.  Dana has been with the Ingham County Health Department since 2009.

dwatson@ingham.org

SSHS and ICHD

Strong Start | Healthy Start is housed within the Ingham County Health Department. Through support, education, advocacy and outreach, we work to decrease infant deaths in our community.

The Ingham County Health Department's mission is to carry out the Ingham County Board of Commissioners' responsibilities to protect and promote the health of Ingham County residents. We do this through programs to prevent and control communicable diseases, programs to protect people who live in our area from environmental hazards and by linking county residents to an organized system of health care. The Department also conducts research to document the health status and health problems of the community and works with the community to develop strategies to improve health and well-being. The Health Officer is responsible to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners.

For more information: (517) 887-4322

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant #H49MC24118. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.