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NORMA THIGPEN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Currently, Ms. Thigpen is a consultant and the Executive Director for the New Dawn Vallejo Corporation.

Ms. Thigpen, MPH has served as Health Services Manager with the Solano County Health and Social Services Department as the Black Infant Health Coordinator for the Santa Clara County Black Infant Health and Sickle Cell Counseling Center.  Ms. Thigpen has about 30 years of experience developing, implementing and managing programs for mothers, fathers and their infants and children which enables her to develop and design services culturally appropriate to address their needs. In her work, she cultivates relationship with the community to improve access and implement services.  Ms. Thigpen has worked with families living with Sickle Cell Anemia, and other hemoglobinopathies.  In that arena, she was able to establish regional Sickle Cell Counseling Centers in Monterey, Modesto, Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties to counsel and educate families at risk for disease.

Her heart’s work is in prevention and community organizing.  She served as First 5 Solano Children and Families Commissioner from 2007-2012. Ms. Thigpen is a children’s advocate.  Many of the Families in the Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Bureau are at risk for prematurity, developmental delay, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and infant mortality.  As the Black Infant Health Manager, she has assisted in the delivery of services to many women, fathers and children who are low income, physically and emotionally disadvantaged.  Many of the families made positive changes and pursued careers in education, medicine and technology.  Many of her colleagues refer to her as a visionary leader.  She can develop programs for the families of today.  During her graduate work, Ms. Thigpen developed curricula for the prevention and maintenance of diabetic patients in her community.  She authored and co-authored articles on Sickle Cell Anemia as she taught and mentored medical professionals at the UC Berkeley Extension as the Sickle Cell Counselor Training Coordinator.

Ms. Thigpen is known for her tenacity and quiet strength.  She is dedicated to saving babies and improving the quality of life for the community members. Ms. Thigpen holds a Bachelors degree in Biology and a Masters Degree in Public Health from San Jose State University. She is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist with expertise in Pharmacology and Toxicology.

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