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Program manager named for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Healthy Start


From Illinois Business Journal news services

SAUGET – Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation announced that Quintella Matthews has joined the organization as program manager for its Healthy Start program.

Healthy Start is focused on improving birth outcomes by addressing issues of infant mortality, low birth weight and racial disparities in perinatal health. Through the program, women and their families are connected to health-care providers and other services during pregnancy, after delivery and up to their baby’s second birthday. In her new role, Matthews will implement and oversee the program activities as well as supervise Healthy Start staff.

matthews quintellaMatthews (left) previously served as director for the Foster Grandparent and RSVP Program through Southwestern Illinois College. Her background also includes roles with the Wallace Learning Center, Cahokia and East St. Louis School Districts, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Matthews received her bachelor of science in workforce education training and development from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her master of science in human resource management from Lindenwood University.

“In addition to leadership and professional experience, Quintella brings to Healthy Start compassion and a genuine desire to serve and help others achieve their potential,” said Paula Brodie, vice president of Communications and Support Services for SIHF. “She understands the needs and challenges of our Healthy Start families and service area and is dedicated to helping every child get a healthy beginning to life.”

Healthy Start is federally funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau. For more information on SIHF’s Healthy Start program, call (618) 646-2505.

About Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation

SIHF, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, operates a network of 29 health centers across nine counties with more than 150 medical providers who deliver comprehensive family and adult services including: pediatrics, obstetrics, primary care, dental services, behavioral health, and extensive community outreach programs. It is one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Center networks in the country. Visit


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