Interview with Theresa Nichols - From the Bureau of Women, Infant and Adolescent Health at the NYS DOH

t.nicholsThe NYS COE is pleased to welcome Theresa Nichols back to NYSDOH's Comprehensive Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Services Program. We sat down with Theresa to ask her a few questions about herself and her new role.

What is your role with the New York State Comprehensive Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care Services Program?
I am the Unit Manager of the Family Planning Program within the Bureau of Women, Infant, and Adolescent Health. In this role, I am responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating the statewide family planning program; integrating a performance management framework into the program to improve the overall quality of program services; overseeing the completion of all federal and state grant objectives and reporting requirements; and developing and improving policies, practices, and systems to manage all aspects of the program.

You worked with this program previously, correct?
Yes, I was the Assistant Director of the Family Planning Program from 2005 to 2008. I'm happy to be back, and am looking forward to getting involved in all the programs, specifically with quality improvement activities the program will be conducting.

What are your interests outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my family, finding and preparing new recipes with my 17 year-old daughter, and spending time with my 19 year old-son when he is home on breaks from college. I also volunteer at our local Alzheimer's Association chapter; I recently joined their Gala Planning Committee for their 2015 Gala Event, "An Evening to End Alzheimer's."