First 5 Orange County is excited to announce the hiring of Dr. Sara Brown as our new Vice President of Health Systems and Family Supports.
Dr. Brown has been an associate clinical professor at the UC Irvine School of Nursing and has a specific interest in the areas of health disparities, health equity, low resource population health, maternal-child health, postpartum, breastfeeding, and mobile health technologies.
She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Translational Research, a Doctorate in Adult Education and a Master’s degree in Nursing.
Get to know Dr. Brown with this short Q&A on who she is, what she values and what her favorite kids’ book is:
Q: Why did you want to work with First 5 Orange County?
A: I wanted to be a part of the work in investing in the future of Orange County’s children and families.
Q: What issues facing children 0-5 and their families are you most passionate about?
A: Health, housing, equity — which all intersect.
Q: As a healthcare professional, what do you think is the biggest health-related issue facing young children today?
A: Social-emotional health.
Q: Up to this point, what in your career are you most proud of?
A: My unwavering commitment to include vulnerable groups and the ability to show my own kids the power of advocacy.
Q: What’s your favorite kids’ book?
A: Too many to name: “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt, Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “Every Little Thing” by Cedella Marley.
Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: Be outside, run, spend time with my family and watch my boys play basketball.