This month’s people that “echo” in Santa Cruz County is proud to introduce Cassandra Camacho. She was born and raised in Nogales. She has a Master of Education in Human Relations and an alumni from Northern Arizona University. She also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona.. Mrs. Camacho is a program supervisor for the Healthy Families Program in Santa Cruz County with Child & Family Resources, Inc.
Cassandra is not new the field of human services. She started as an intern and parent aide with Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center in 2010. She later transferred La Paloma Family Services in Tucson where she worked as a behavioral health technician. In 2011, she decided to move back to Nogales where she started working with Community Health Associates as a high needs case manager for 5 years with the Child & Family Team and Meet Me Where I Am Program. She currently is part of the Healthy Families Arizona and CASA program.
“I love the program itself! It is relevant to my career goals while I get to help improve the lives of the next generation. My future plans are to continue helping families to break unhealthy cycles while providing trauma informed care services in the community. I have an opportunity to empower community members to pursue their goals. You never stop learning with Healthy Families Program because it is an ongoing learning experience,” said Cassandra Camacho.
Healthy Families is an early childhood home visitation program. It provides assistance to pregnant moms, expectant families and parents of newborns to help meet the challenges of parenting. It is part of a national initiative to assist parents in child rearing practices who are facing the greatest challenges, so their children are able to thrive. “It has been proven to be an effective program with a positive impact in areas of child development, school readiness, family functioning and self-sufficiency. Through hands on activities parents have an opportunity to learn about prenatal and child development. This home visiting program is free and has helped many parents to become the best parents they can be,” said Cassandra Camacho Program Supervisor.
“ As a program supervisor for Healthy Families my role is to support my staff to use their unique strengths to build a professional relationship with families in Santa Cruz County. I am fortunate to work with such a great team. They are dedicated professionals that are culturally sensitive and family-centered oriented. I facilitate supervision focused on three main areas: administrative, clinical and reflective,” said Camacho.