Jessica Warner is an LPN who got her Bachelors of Science in Maternal and Child Health. She went on to get her IBCLC in 2016. Jessica is a single parent of 3 children she breastfed for an accumulative time of about 8 years. She began her journey into the field of lactation after becoming a teen parent who fell in love with breastfeeding.
While finishing her Bachelors, she got her foot in the door at Greene County Public Health as a Breastfeeding Peer in the WIC Program. She’s moved on to a Health Educator position at the Health Department where she runs an HIV Testing and STD Prevention program out of 3 counties (Greene, Clinton, and Fayette). With the support of her boss, Jessica is encouraged to continue promotion of breastfeeding with community involvement by running Breastfeeding Awareness Month events, doing physician visits, and with plans to implement the Business Case for Breastfeeding (a comprehensive program designed to educate employers about the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace) in Greene County, as well as push for more policies to protect breastfeeding in the county.
Jessica is currently working on getting a syringe exchange program open and running in her county that has been stricken with a high number of opiate related deaths. She’s working in a partnership with Equitas Health and developing educational materials for Hep C/HIV & Breastfeeding. Jessica has become a Trauma Informed Care trainer, TIC is an approach that explicitly acknowledges the role trauma plays in people’s lives and teaches organizations and healthcare providers to understand the impact of trauma on the individuals they serve and adopts a culture that considers and addresses this impact.
Jessica is very active in matters of social justice, not only in how it impacts all lives, but how it directly impacts breastfeeding success. She has special interests in combating stigma and making breastfeeding promotion and help more inclusive to all.
Each month, our ABN board uses a random number generator to pick our member of the month. In an effort to showcase our many different members in many different fields from all over Appalachia working towards the same goal: transforming breastfeeding culture in Appalachia.