Child to Child opens a US branch

February 2012

Coming from the Asian Health Coalition of Illinois where she was Director of Programmes, Dr Celine Woznica became part of the Child to Child family this month by launching and acting as Director of Child to Child Americas.

The US branch of Child to Child is based at the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago.


DrPH Celine Vatterott Woznica

With over 30 years of experience in the development of Community Health Workers, public health outreach activities, and popular health education in both Latin America and in Chicago, Celine has extensive background in the creation, implementation, and evaluation of programs for the formation of health promoters, doulas, and community health activists among refugee and immigrant populations.

She is expert in Child-to-Child approach to family and community health promotion. In 1993, she established the first U.S.-based, child health promotion Child-to-Child programme, adapting our award-winning international programme to the reality of an inner-city, immigrant population – in Chicago schools. The programme earned ‘La Promesa de un Futuro Brillante’ award from the National Latino Children’s Institute in recognition of the programme’s achievements in creating a better future for Latino children.

A Child to Child session on health in Haiti

A Child to Child session on health in Haiti

From 2003-2008, Celine took on the role of Associate Director on Refugee Health Programmes at the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, where she built a nationally recognised health education and promotion programme targeting the immigrant and refugee populations. Developing a health promoter programme among nine different ethnic groups, she created culturally-competent health education material.

Meanwhile, Celine co-founded the Midwest Network on Female Genital Cutting and led a coalition of refugee-serving community organisations, promoting collaboration and increased organisational capacity to better meet the needs of new refugees.

Her role is now to develop a network of programmes throughout the Americas that incorporate Child-to-Child methodology and promote the rights-based participation of children in issues that affect them.

We are very excited to see this new development of the Child to Child movement.