Cordelia Hanna-Cheruiyot, MPH, CHES


The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health                                                                                            2010-Present

Director of Health Education and Support Services/ Chief Executive Officer 
  •  Design, develop, promote and conduct health education trainings for maternal-child health specialists (including nurses, case managers, perinatal health workers, breastfeeding peer counselors, nursing students, public health students, midwifery students), which promote evidence-based mother and baby friendly care (includes Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Training, Perinatal Support Specialist Training, Childbirth Educator Training, Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative Consortium of Los Angeles County).
  • Grant writing and project management, supervision of consultants, volunteers, interns and board of directors.
  • Provide consultation for agencies with maternal-child health programs; provided perinatal education and  birth support to expectant parents.
  • Curriculum and program development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Budget development and monitoring, fiscal accounting for $100,000 budget. Managed grant for hospital improvements and Nursing Education by California Community Foundation; developed and implemented scope of work, managing 3 consultants and 15  volunteers.
PAC/LAC (Perinatal Advisory Council/Leadership, Advocacy, Consultation)

                                                          September -December, 2012
 (Consultant Position)

Program and Public Policy Manager

Under direction of the Program and Public Policy Director, Executive Director and Nurse Consultant, provided consultative services to organization's partners, provided  development and oversight of professional education and coordination of regional quality improvement activities  and monitored  trends in policy in the maternal child health arena. Activities included:

  • Wrote a Teen Pregnancy Provider Handbook; guidelines of care for clinics working with adolescents, on a grant from California Wellness Foundation.
  •  Conducted focus group and wrote focus group report for Citrus Valley Health Partners Emergency Room Nurses as part of a quality improvement effort
  • Conducted exit interviews for evaluation of  program for new graduate nurses participating in a mentorship and advocacy program at Citrus Valley Health Partners
  •  Wrote Letter of Interest for grant proposal for Citrus Valley Health Partners Foundation for First 5 LA  grant for Welcome Baby! Program.
  • Coordinated Continuing Education Units for RNs and Continuing Medical Education Units for MDs.
  • Coordinated MCAH Action meeting in Sacramento, California  for Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Directors of public health departments throughout jurisdictions in California.

St John’s Well Child and Family Center                                                                                                                                                


Case Manager Supervisor/Health Educator (Best Babies Program/CPSP Services)

  • Supervision, evaluation, monitoring of client care coordination by eight (8) subordinates including: Perinatal and Family Case Managers and Comprehensive Perinatal Heath Workers (CPHWs), one (1) Outreach and Retention Coordinator and one (1) Prenatal Coordinator for the Heart of the City and Harbor Corridor Best Babies Collaboratives and the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP).
  •  Developed health education curricula, health promotion materials, conducted health education  on prenatal, interconception health, parenting, nutrition and physical activity, chronic disease education, prenatal and breastfeeding classes in Spanish and English.
  • Developed and managed outreach and retention plan for Best Babies Program.
  •   Conducted staff development training on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, perinatal nutrition, STDs, etc.
  • Monitored case management of  prenatal care, intraconception health and chronic disease (asthma, hypertension, diabetes) among program clients .
  • Working with Medical Director, coordinated comprehensive care of prenatal clients as part of a multidisciplinary team of clinicians: registered dietician, mental health providers and case managers.

The Hollywood Birth Center


Midwifery Student Intern/ Birth Center Administrative Manager

  •  Managed birth center ob/gyn office (front and back office).
  • Assisted Licensed Midwives and conducted well-woman gynecology care, prenatal care, labor managements and postpartum care under supervision of Licensed Midwives while pursuing California licensure as midwife.
City of Pasadena Public Health Department, Maternal, Child and
Adolescent Health Outreach Program 
& Child Health and Disability
Prevention Program/Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program

Community Services Representative III (Community Health  Education and Promotion Specialist

  Assist MCAH Manager with all aspects of program implementation. This included:

  • Interpreting research and federal, local and national data sources, preparing reports and providing statistical analysis.
  • Prepared and communicated  reports on trends occurring in MCAH population, recommending best practices,quality assurance measures, evidence-based interventions and strategies to improve quality of care and reduce health disparities in population served.
  • Conducted outreach and education  to community members and coordinated agency engagement plan; developed  health promotion forums and conferences, materials and campaigns and health education plans to address health issues of population.
  • Review statistics and research on disease conditions prevalent in the population, prepare statistical analysis and reports on epidemiological trends, interpret and report on data from various sources, prepare reports for community partners, program coordinator and Health Officer.
  • Organized and oversaw  all aspects of community outreach and health education, developing health communication materials, and conducted classes and trainings for staff and clients.
  • Conveyed  trends in health of population to community members, professionals, peers and the media. Worked with community stakeholders to engage them in health promotion efforts for the community served, and other research and evaluation projects as assigned by Health Officer and Program Coordinator.
City of Pasadena Public Health Department, Black Infant Health Program and Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Outreach Program                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2002-2009

   Community Service Representative III (Perinatal Health Educator)
  • Monitored client case coordination and provided leadership for two (2) Black Infant Health Program case managers/outreach workers/home visitors.
  • Co-chaired Los Angeles Best Babies Network Healthy Births Learning Collaborative for SPA 3; guided development of collaborative mission, recruited agency partners and guided the partners in identifying priority areas and developing work plan.
  • Developed and taught childbirth preparation classes addressing unmet need of free classes to Pasadena’s Medi-Cal clientele; goals were met to reduce prematurity, low birth weight and lower rates of cesarean sections.
  • Invented, developed and managed a volunteer doula program; recruited, trained and managed volunteers; goals met to reduce premature birth, low birth weight and cesarean section among Pasadena’s Medi-Cal population.
  •   Developed breastfeeding promotion campaign to address low rates of African-American breastfeeding among Black Infant Health Program participants; established a volunteer breastfeeding peer counselor program; recruited, supervised volunteers
  • Developed breastfeeding peer counselor education curriculum and conducted a breastfeeding client education classes and lactation counseling in prenatal clinic, designed and taught annual breastfeeding peer counselor training and certification program; 80 individuals trained as peer counselors from agencies working with perinatal clients.
  • Developed health education and promotion messaging for chronic disease management, childbirth, lactation, premature birth prevention, nutrition and physical activity
  • Planned and implemented annual women’s health conferences, community baby shower, and other events
  •   Gave community presentations on African-American perinatal health disparities (NAACP, and others).
  •   Developed Adolescent Sexual Health Education Standards with Planned Parenthood Pasadena.
  •  Monitored the fiscal components of health education program, developed and monitored budget.



Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (CHAP)                                                                                          


  • Designed and conducted a women’s mental health workshop: Mindful Stress Management and Living Well, to address stress and depression in Latina women aged 30-70.


Jenesse Domestic Violence Intervention Program (Crenshaw District, Los Angeles)   


  • Designed and conducted a women’s health curriculum on sexual and reproductive health to promote healthy lifestyles among Latina, Black and White women ages 20-70.


Spanish and French (Basic working proficiency in reading, writing and speaking).