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parenting is the most rewarding and fulfilling job there is, but also the most challenging. Healthy Families of the High Desert is here to help.
parenting is the most rewarding and fulfilling job there is, but also the most challenging. Healthy Families of the High Desert is here to help.

Healthy Families of the High Desert is a voluntary, free home visiting program. We work with eligible families prenatally or at birth, and can serve your family through your child’s 2nd year. Together we will track your baby’s development, discuss positive parenting practices, early literacy development, and health and safety.  At your request, we can help identify community resources.

Our Family Support Specialists work together with you in your home to create positive parent-child relationships and interactions through play, in a way that babies and young children feel understood and valued.

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Families who participate show improved parenting skills, school readiness, improved social skills, higher literacy rates, and decreased stress. Parents also show improved health and safety and stress management.

Families who participate show improved parenting skills, school readiness, improved social skills, higher literacy rates, and decreased stress. Parents also show improved health and safety and stress management.

99% Children have a Primary Care Provider
85% Read to their child daily
80% Report improved parenting skills
91% Report they were helped to see strengths in themselves
100% Have health insurance
90% Report not using the ER in the past 6 months
96% Children with 2 on-time ASQ screens
86% Connected to essential services

99% Children have a Primary Care Provider<br />
85% Read to their child daily<br />
80% Report improved parenting skills<br />
91% Report they were helped to see strengths in themselves<br />
100% Have health insurance<br />
90% Report not using the ER in the past 6 months<br />
96% Children with 2 on-time ASQ screens<br />
86% Connected to essential services

Our philosophy is that YOU are the expert on your child.

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Meet the Staff

Crook County

Janelle Leeden
Family Support Specialist

Deschutes County

Aubrey Bond
Family Support Specialist

Melody Carrington
Family Support Specialist

Laurel Case
Family Support Specialist

Connie Powell
Family Support Specialist

Jefferson County

Angie Lepez
Family Support Specialist

Inez Piza
Family Support Specialist

Administrative Staff

Candy Aumack-Freiboth
Supervisor

Lori Colvin
Program Manager

Heather Amaral
Assistant Program Manager

Laura Aaland
Eligibility Screener/Supervisor

Sarah Palmer-Antoniou
Secretary

Crook County

Janelle Leeden
Family Support Specialist

Deschutes County

Aubrey Bond
Family Support Specialist

Melody Carrington
Family Support Specialist

Laurel Case
Family Support Specialist

Connie Powell
Family Support Specialist

Jefferson County

Angie Lepez
Family Support Specialist

Inez Piza
Family Support Specialist

Administrative Staff

Candy Aumack-Freiboth
Supervisor

Lori Colvin
Program Manager

Heather Amaral
Assistant Program Manager

Laura Aaland
Eligibility Screener/Supervisor

Sarah Palmer-Antoniou
Secretary

“We feel very supported by our Home Visitor and she has offered positive feedback anytime we are not sure if we are doing everything right as parents; she reassures us that we do know what is best for our daughter and lets us know how specific things we do as parents have a positive impact on our baby as she develops and grows.”

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Contact Us

Laura Aaland

cell: 541-280-3487 call/text
office: 541-749-2133

Lori Colvin

cell: 541-410-9607

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