Maternal and Child Outreach Worker – Access Community Health Network
Tamela Milan is a part of the Maternal and Child Health Partnership and Outreach team at Access Community Health Network. She received an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies from Robert Morris College in 1999, completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Concordia University, and is currently attending National Louis University, working towards her Master’s in Public Policy and Administration. Tamela is the mother of six and has four grandchildren.
Ms. Milan came into the maternal and child health (MCH) field because of her high-risk child, and first worked with Healthy Start to achieve family goals. She then worked for many years as a Healthy Start parent advocate and transitioned to Westside Healthy Start Consortia Chair in 2003, a role she maintains today.
Tamela has more than 15 years’ experience in the MCH community working as a peer educator, developmental screener, and motivational speaker, as well as a Healthy Start case manager. She was one of the first consumers nominated for the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) Board of Directors, where she served for several years. Ms. Milan has grown through many of her Healthy Start friends and has represented Healthy Start nationally and locally at organizations like Today’s Black Child, Bright Futures and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
She currently serves on the EverThrive Board of Directors and the Illinois CHW Advisory Board, and is Co-Chair of the Westside Healthy Start Community Action Network (CAN).