Whole Child Initiative


The child care health consultation is a Whole Child Initiative (WCI) within a Community- Informed Model category with comprehensive socio-cultural practices as its base and will leverage best practices developed through a pilot project called Partners in Community Health Project. PCHP provides culturally relevant information for the Somali community on physical activity and nutrition.

PCHP provides culturally relevant information for the Somali community on physical activity and nutrition. It will take an interdisciplinary approach to creating an impactful engine for social change and will draw from three core competencies: cultural understanding, public health expertise, and childcare system knowledge. Still within its first year, the Whole Child Initiative (WCI) Child Care Health Consultation program by providing outreach, training and consultation/technical assistance to many providers at Somali family-home child centers and is planned to continue expanding and service many child care centers.

The team includes:

Mardiya O. Aga – Program Manager.

Fardous Guled – Registered Nurse (contractor) holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Seattle University. She has been a labor and delivery nurse at Swedish Medical Center, has successfully coordinated the SHB’s Centering Pregnancy program, is Chair of the SHB’s Perinatal Committee and is a scholar at the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute.

Fartun Nur – Child Development Specialist (contractor) has over ten years of combined
consultation and case management experience with children birth and older. She has worked with a wide range of partners—including Washington State Department of Health, King County Public Health, Early Achievers, City of Seattle Childcare Nutrition Program, Childcare Aware, Seattle Public Schools, and Voices of Tomorrow—to develop culturally and linguistically appropriate versions of services for child care providers. Fartun has Bachelor of Psychology and Master of Social Work degrees from Portland State University.

Malyun Yusuf – Nutritionist (contractor) has 15 years of experiences working in child and maternal nutrition. She has worked with the Women, Infant, and Child (WIC) program, King County Maternal Support Services, Head Start, Childcare Resources, the City of Seattle, One America, and Seattle – King County Public Health. The focus of her work is creating culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate nutrition education materials and curricula. Malyun has a Bachelor of Public Health and Nutrition degree from Minnesota State University. She is also a Washington State Star-Approved Health and Nutrition Trainer.

Samira Omar, MSW – Mental Health Specialist (contractor) is a Child Welfare Social Worker for the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services. She also worked as an Early Achiever Technical Assistant for Childcare Resources for two years. She is currently pursuing licensure as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington.

Ikram Mohamed – Curriculum Development Coordinator (contractor) is an early
childhood education professor at Highline Community College, an Early Achievers Assessor at the University of Washington, and is pursuing a PHD in Early Childhood Education.