Team Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Jessica Tanguay is currently the Team Leader with Schenectady Healthy Families, a home visiting provider for pregnant & postpartum people and families navigating early childhood. Jessica feels privileged to work alongside an evidence-based program where demonstrated outcomes include improving birth outcomes, increasing high school graduation rates for children, lowering the utilization of social support services, and reduction in the incidence of child maltreatment. Jessica’s previous work experience includes working at Planned Parenthood, providing case management services for people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as working in an obstetric unit (labor and delivery). Believing strongly in being a good steward of her community, she has volunteered as a sexual assault counselor, was trained as a childbirth education instructor, and currently collaborates as a board member of BirthNet - a local organization working to better birth outcomes for residents of Albany. The combination of all these experiences led her to champion person-centered care and develop a strong belief in elevating health equity by finding solutions to address the social determinants of health. Jessica holds a Master of Public Health degree from the School of Public Health at the University of Albany and graduated with a supplemental graduate certificate in Maternal and Child Health. While in graduate school, the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society within the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy selected Jessica to be a Woman in Public Policy Fellow.