Staff

Staff

Who We Are

Our staff is made up of Community Health Workers, a Health Educator, a Fatherhood Facilitator, a Medical Social Worker, and a CAN Coordinator. 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 18 months of age.



Tianna Leon is the Strong Start | Healthy Start Supervisor. Tianna participates in the development and administration of the Strong Start | Healthy Start program including direct supervision of the SSHS staff. Tianna completed her Master of Public Health degree in Maternal & Child Health from the George Washington University in 2018. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion with Nutrition and Spanish minors from Weber State University, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Tianna is thrilled to be able to use what she has learned to help promote healthy birth outcomes and reduce health disparities for infants and families in Ingham County. Contact Tianna: tleon@ingham.org

           Dana Watson is currently the Strong Start | Healthy Start Health Educator Lead. 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 also leads our team of Community Health Workers in case management of Ingham County moms to reduce negative birth outcomes and eliminate health disparities. Dana received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Michigan State University and her Master of Science in Human and Social Services from Walden University. Dana has been with the Ingham County Health Department since 2009. Contact Dana: dwatson@ingham.org

Quintin Baptiste is the current Strong Start | Healthy Start Fatherhood Facilitator. Quintin participates in the case management, engagement, and development of African-American and Hispanic fathers in the community. He also develops and hosts a number of community events and workshops designed to connect, educate, and engage fathers. As a graduate of Davenport University, and certified Project Manager, Quintin puts his skills to work to create a healthy and welcoming culture for dads for the Ingham County Health Department Strong Start | Healthy Start Program. Contact Quintin: qbaptiste@ingham.org


Sharla Rider is a Certified Community Health Worker for the Strong Start | Healthy Start Program. Sharla 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 and encouraging families during difficult life obstacles. She is a graduate from Albion College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, Minor in Educational Studies, and Concentration in Human Service. Contact Sharla: srider@ingham.org


Sara Delacruz is a Community Health Worker for the Strong Start | Healthy Start Program. Sara 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 and encouraging families during difficult life obstacles. Contact Sara: sdelacruz@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.