Tamela Milan

Board Chair/ Westside Healthy Start Community Action Network Coordinator Access Warren Health Center 

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Tamela Milan-Alexander, MPPA is the Westside Healthy Start Community Action Network Coordinator at Access Warren Health Center.

Tamela. Milan-Alexander came into the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) field because of her history with opioid use disorder that led to a high-risk pregnancy living in public housing. The Westside Healthy Start (WHS) program was able to provide care coordination for her child experiencing Neonatal abstinence syndrome. After working with her pediatrician, she was able to attain needed services for her family that led to the reunification of all her children. She then worked for many years as a Healthy Start parent advocate and transitioned from patient to employee in 2004.

Tamela has more than 20 years of experience in the MCH community working as a peer educator, developmental screener, and community health worker, as well as a Healthy Start case manager. Mrs. Milan-Alexander has collaborated with many organizations that fight to improve the lives of moms and babies.

A well-respected MCH leader, Tamela also serves on the AAP Family and Partnerships Network Executive committee, Vice President Health Connect One, and the Illinois CHW Advisory Board. Tamela is married to Ernest, purchased her first home four years ago, and has six adult children and five grandchildren.