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Healthy Families Gadsden Receives 2012 Program of the Year Award

Ellie Baker, Family Support Worker Supervisor for Healthy Families Gadsden/Leon received the “Family Support Worker Supervisor of the Year” award.

Healthy Families Gadsden received recognition as “Project of the Year” at the Healthy Families Florida statewide meeting. Pictured L-R are: Carol McNally Executive Director of Healthy Families Florida, Ellie Baker Family Support Worker Supervisor of Healthy Families Gadsden/Leon, Pam Banks Program Manager of Healthy Families Gadsden, and Doug Sessions President of The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida.

Quincy, Fla.—Healthy Families Gadsden was recognized by Healthy Families Florida as a Project of the Year for 2012. This is the sixth time Healthy Families Gadsden has received this honor since Healthy Families Florida began recognizing local program performance in 2004. Healthy Families Florida is a nationally accredited home visitation program that builds on families’ strengths to help them overcome challenges to healthy child growth and development and family self-sufficiency.

Brehon Family Services oversees both Healthy Families Gadsden and Healthy Families Leon. Executive director Jackie Malone says she is delighted, and yet not surprised, the Gadsden County project was recognized. “The Healthy Families Gadsden team is one of the most committed teams of individuals I’ve worked with. They are dedicated and passionate about helping families to better themselves for the long-term. I am tremendously proud of the work they do to positively impact others,” said Malone.

Healthy Families Gadsden provides voluntary home visitation services to more than 80 families in the Gadsden County area.

For more information about Healthy Families Gadsden and Brehon Family Services, visit

About Brehon Family Services
A Tallahassee-based non-profit agency, Brehon Family Services (formerly Brehon Institute for Family Services) serves the Big Bend area with services that promote healthy babies and prevent child abuse and neglect. Its programs include Brehon House, a Tallahassee shelter for homeless pregnant women and their infants; Healthy Families Gadsden and Healthy Families Leon, a voluntary, home-visitation program designed to prevent child abuse and neglect; and Project SAFE (Support and Family Education), a home-visitation service for at-risk families in Madison and Taylor counties. The Brehon name is of Gaelic origin, whereby an ancient Irish tribe considered it a privilege to offer a welcome, roof, sustenance and warmth to travelers.

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