Planning and Improvement Manager
Regional SUDI Prevention Program
Phone: 027 203 7173
Jessica lives in Fielding, Manawatu and prior to this new appointment as the regional SUDI prevention coordinator (Lower North Island), was one of two Pēpi Haumaru / Keeping Babies Safe Community Nurse Coordinators at MidCentral DHB. Jessica comes to the role with active support from Mokopuna Ora. Mokopuna Ora is a collaboration group made up of Pae Ora Māori Health directory at MDHB, Central PHO, Plunket Community Services, Barnardos Pregnancy and Parenting information and education, Te Ohu Auahi Mutunga Quit Smoking service, Te Aroha Noa Communtiy Services, He Puna Hauora, MDHB Child Health Community Team, Community Birthing Services, Te Waka Huia family violence prevention services and local Māori midwives and weavers. Mokopuna Ora are active in teaching people how to weave wahakura, or providing these where appropriate. Mokopuna Ora promote the use of wahakura as part of a whanau ora approach that enables more than SUDI prevention. Wahakura weaving and distribution create pathways for wellness for Pēpi, Māmā and the whole whanau. Jessica is a registered nurse and has also worked clinically in child health at Hutt Valley and Hawkes Bay DHBs.
Jessica will work with Whanganui, MidCentral, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHB’s to develop a regional SUDI prevention plan. Jessica has a young family and will be working remotely from the Manawatu, which is basically 1-2 hours from everywhere in this region! Jessica is an advocate for health promotion, community engagement, and working together to achieve sustainable, positive outcomes for pepi, and their whanau.