Children’s Health Improvement Partnership of the New River Valley (CHIP) provides access to primary health care to pregnant women and families with children birth through age six. CHIP offers parent education and support for family goals through home visiting case management services. Home visiting can help pave the way to a healthier, safer, and brighter future for families.
Shelby Kelley joined NRCA CHIP in June as the Family Outreach Specialist. After taking a short break from the for-profit world, Shelby decided to make a difference in her community and felt the CHIP Outreach Specialist position would be a good match to her skill set. She is great at making people feel comfortable and welcomed.
Shelby is busy introducing herself to the New River Valley community, connecting with other human service agencies and professionals to share the CHIP story and how the program can help families. Shelby is cultivating relationships with local hospitals’ obstetrics personnel, pediatricians, and other child and family serving agencies to strengthen referral sources and community partnerships.
Serving as the first point of contact for CHIP referrals, Shelby talks with parents to provide program information before they enroll. She often refers families to additional community resources to help meet their needs.
Shelby speaks about the incredible impact CHIP Family Educators & Nurses have on families, becoming health educators, and mentors for parenting and dealing with the stresses of daily life. Shelby stated, “CHIP staff helps families stay healthy and accomplish goals. All parents could benefit from home visiting. CHIP’s support and education have the potential to impact many families.”
NRCA is grateful to have Shelby helping CHIP outreach in the New River Valley community.