First 5 Ventura County announces new Pritzker Fellow Elizabeth Majestic of First 5 Ventura County selected for prestigious national fellowship program, hired as new Director of Place-Based Initiatives
The program aims to build a network of strong leaders nationwide who will lead community-based efforts focused on the first three years of life, when rapid periods of brain development are critical for a child’s later success. Majestic will be responsible for helping First 5 Ventura County increase the availability of high-quality programs and services for infants and toddlers from birth to age three.
Majestic comes to First 5 Ventura County after a successful career at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. During her tenure at CDC and HHS, she launched “Steps to a HealthierUS,” a national initiative focused on reducing obesity, diabetes, asthma, and tobacco use.
I am honored to be the Pritzker Fellow for First 5 Ventura County, said Majestic. “I am eager to dive into the innovative early childhood education programs that First 5 Ventura County has to offer for prenatal to three, from PACT classes, to community education campaigns for ensuring health and wellness.”
The Pritzker Fellows, with expertise across the fields of pediatric medicine, social work, child care and mental health services, were selected to lead their community’s unique efforts to advance policies and programs focused on increasing the availability of high-quality programs and services for infants and toddlers from birth to age three.
“Elizabeth brings a wealth of experience and expertise with efforts to increase effectiveness of programs, deepen collaboration and strategically address stakeholder engagement”, says First 5 Ventura County Executive Director Petra Puls.
Families are encouraged to learn more about the programs offered by First 5 Ventura County at www.first5Ventura.org.