Arbor Circle’s Strong Beginnings program is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Black and Latinx parents and their babies, from pregnancy through early childhood. By focusing on the unique needs of these communities, Strong Beginnings seeks to promote racial equity and eliminate disparities in birth outcomes in Kent County.
Promoting Racial Equity and Well-Being with Strong Beginnings
Understanding the importance of a strong foundation for both parents and children, Arbor Circle’s Strong Beginnings program offers a wide array of support services tailored to the specific needs of Black and Latinx families. Our dedicated team works closely with each family to provide compassionate and culturally sensitive care, empowering parents to foster nurturing environments for their children’s growth and development.
Services provided by our strong beginnings program include
Our Strong Beginnings Therapists
Mariah arnold, LLMSW
Mariah received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from Central Michigan University, with a combined focus on Women and Gender studies. She then went on to finish her Master’s of Social Work from Grand Valley State University. She has worked in the field since 2018. Mariah has experience working in child welfare, early childhood, at-risk youth, and women’s aid shelters. She continues to be an advocate for intersectional social justice issues related to her identities as Hispanic, African-American, and a birthing person. Mariah acknowledges that mental health has long been a stigmatized topic in our communities, but she believes it’s an important step to maintain our personal wellness.
Specialties: Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Pregnancy, Postpartum, Life Transitions, and many more
Marissa Kinney, LLMSW, CLC
Marissa earned her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work from Grand Valley State University. She has worked in the field since 2019.
Specialties: Pregnant people and new parents
Vauwn Nghiem-Olson, LLMSW, IMH-E (II)
Vauwn earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Sociology from Grand Valley State University and her MSW from the University of Michigan. She has worked in the field since 2019.
Specialties: Early Childhood, Developmental Concerns
Tanya Zamora, LLMSW, MS
Tanya earned her Master of Social Work from Western Michigan University and her Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Ferris State University. She has worked in the field since 2012. Tanya is dedicated to helping serve families and making a difference in their lives.
Specialties: Trauma Specialization: Trauma Across the Lifespan
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