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PJ West

Iowa Department of Public Health
MIECHV Program Manager
Des Moines, IA
Patricia (PJ) West is the program manager of the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) program. Ms. West has worked within the family support arena for over 20 years having been the coordinator of a local family support program that serves FIP families through in home visitation. In PJ’s current role at the department she provides program management at both the state level and to local MIECHV contractors. PJ serves as a trainer for both the Lemonade for Life and the Futures without Violence Healthy Mom’s Happy Babies training. Her passion for helping professionals understand their own “stuff” before they can successfully help others with theirs is outstanding. PJ serves on several councils specific to family support programming in Iowa, on a multitude of committees representing Iowa family support and continues to serve on her local school board and daycare board, as she has for many years. PJ has an incredible passion for family support programming, and simply helping people. PJ lives with her two girls, age 17 and 10 in rural southwest Iowa.