Healthy Beginnings, a Central Oreogn nonprofit, is launching its Rural Advocate Program.

{filler:graphics-local-news-localnews.jpg}Healthy Beginnings, the Central Oregon nonprofit that has been providing free comprehensive health and development assessments for children from birth to 5 years for 23 years, is proud to launch its Rural Advocate Program.

"The Rural Advocate Program is a programmatic shift to provide a localized approach to our services. We are committed to honoring the diversity within Central Oregon's rural communities by hiring community members who are passionate about early childhood development. We are excited to expand and strengthen our reach with rural advocates being the face of Healthy Beginnings in their own communities," said Diane Murray-Fleck, Healthy Beginnings' executive director.


The Madras rural advocate is Michelle Ramos, who lives in Jefferson County with her husband and children.

Ramos has worked in the Early Childhood field for the last 15 years, working for many nonprofits in the Madras community that work with young children and families.

She recently opened her own Early Learning and Care business, to provide quality early care and educational services to other children in the Madras community.

Ramos is passionate about working with young children and families and empowering parents to be advocates for their children. She is excited to start with Healthy Beginnings to provide resources for families and promote healthy development for young children in Jefferson County.

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