Healthy Families America is a nationally recognized
evidence-based home visiting program model
designed to work with overburdened families
who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences,
including child maltreatment.

Healthy Families America (HFA) is a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment. It is the primary home visiting model best equipped to work with families who may have histories of trauma, intimate partner violence, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. HFA services begin prenatally or right after the birth of a baby and are offered voluntarily, intensively and over the long-term (3 to 5 years after the birth of the baby).

The HFA model, developed in 1992 by Prevent Child Abuse America, is based upon 12 Critical Elements derived from more than 30 years of research to ensure programs are effective in working with families. These Critical Elements are operationalized through a series of best practice standards that provide a solid structure for quality yet offer programs the flexibility to design services specifically to meet the unique needs of families and communities. Model fidelity is illustrated through a comprehensive accreditation process.  Currently there are nearly 400 affiliated HFA program sites in 40 States, DC, all five US territories: Guam, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Northern Commonwealth of the Marianas, the American Samoa and Canada.

HFA has a strong research base which includes randomized control trials and well designed quasi-experimental research. To date, research and evaluation indicates impressive outcomes. Reviews of more than 15 evaluation studies of HFA programs in 12 states produced the following outcomes:

  • Reduced child maltreatment

  • Increased utilization of prenatal care and decreased pre-term, low weight babies
  • Improved parent-child interaction and school readiness
  • Decreased dependency on welfare, or TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) and other social services
  • Increased access to primary care medical services
  • Increased immunization rates

For more information, visit www.healthyfamiliesamerica.org.

Every 3 seconds, somewhere in the world, a baby is born.
By the end of age two, the average baby has been changed 7,300 times.
Children laugh on average 300 times a day!


We have been providing quality services to families in the Mitchell and Yancey Communities since May of 2012.  Our home visitors use evidence-based curricula.  Our primay is Growing Great Kids by Great Kids, Inc. in addition to numerous supplemental curricula. We offer a wide range of resources on specific parenting topics and all of our staff are intensively trained in a variety of social and developmental areas (including but not limited to: Maternal Depression, Substance Abuse, Infant and Toddler Development, Car Seat Safety).

Mitchell Yancey is funded by the Department of Public Health through Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting funds.

Additionally, funding for this program was provided by The Yancey Fund and The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. The Yancey Fund is an endowment created to support the charitable needs of our community. The Yancey Fund is an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, a nonprofit serving eighteen counties in Western North Carolina that inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitated $18 million in charitable giving last year. More information can be found at www.cfwnc.org.



Mitchell-Yancey Healthy Families knows that dads make a difference in the lives of children. And through the MY Healthy Fathers program, we are dedicated to helping father’s better meet the needs of their children and families. Whether a first-time father or a third-time father, MY Healthy Fathers is here for you. Fathers no longer have to go it alone.


MYHF is a true collaborative effort between many agencies in the service area. MYHF is a program of the Toe River Health District and the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children. The MYHF Leadership Team is blessed to have the expertise of many of the leaders innovating change for families in Mitchell and Yancey Counties. Mark Ownbey is the NC HFA MIECHV State Consultant.



Our employees are the heart of Mitchell-Yancey Healthy Families.
We would love the opportunity to know you more!


Program Director & Administrator

Nickey is the Mitchell-Yancey Healthy Families Program Director at the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children. She has served in that role since 2012, when MYHF began implementation in Mitchell and Yancey Counties. Nickey has served in a variety of leadership roles in the community including serving as the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Toe River. When Nickey is not managing the program she is at home juggling a vivacious little boy with special medical needs, three cats, a dog and husband…not always in that order! Nickey enjoys travel, all things cats and worshipping with her family at their church in Asheville.

O: 828-682-0047
C: 828-467-0909

P.O. Box 1387
Burnsville, NC 28714


Family Assessment Worker

Autumn Snyder is originally from the Tri-County area. Autumn Graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a double major in Human Services and Religion. Autumn has been a Family Support Worker/Family Assessment Worker with Mitchell Yancey Healthy Families since December, 2015. Autumn enjoys spending time with friends and family and being outdoors. She loves kayaking and hiking with her animals.

O: 828-682-5091
C: 828-467-1464
202 Medical Campus Drive
Burnsville, NC 28714


Data and Program Support Specialist

Katie joined the Healthy Families team the Summer of 2017 as the Data and Program Support Specialist. She grew up in Mitchell County, but now calls Burnsville her home. She is married with three children whom she adores. Katie has a background in childcare as both a teacher and a center director, and for the past eight years has provided child care from her home. Katie enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, music, crafts, and especially loves her special group of “girls”. Katie looks forward to being part of the MYHF team.

P.O. Box 1387
Burnsville, NC 28714


Family Support Worker

Rebekkah Cook has been with Healthy Families since April 8, 2013, as a Family Support Worker and since December 2015 the lead Family Assessment Worker.  When Rebekkah is not at work, Rebekkah enjoys spending time and traveling with her husband, daughter, and son.  Rebekkah also enjoys being creative in many forms and gardening.

O: 828-682-5091 ext. 1956
C: 828-208-3159
202 Medical Campus Drive
Burnsville, NC 28714


Family Support Worker

Sonya is from the Blue Ridge and continues to enjoy residing in the beauty and serenity of the mountains. Before her career in human services Sonya studied photography which stemmed from her interest in fine arts. During involvement in a photographic project called Campaigns for Kids she became interested in pursuing a degree in Human Services and proceeded to study at Gardner-Webb University. Sonya has two terrific daughters and an endearing cat. In her free time she enjoys being surrounded by nature, reading, and attending plays. Grateful for her involvement in such an invaluable program, Sonya continually strives to seek personal growth in order to better serve and enrich the lives of others.

O: 828-682-1957
C: 828-208-3158
F: 828-682-5992

Jeff Spargo


Mitchell-Yancey Healthy Fathers

After working with children and families through a variety of settings for over a decade, Jeff is thrilled to be working with the Mitchell-Yancey Healthy Fatherhood Program as a part of the MY Healthy Families team. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from UNC-Greensboro and a Master of Divinity degree in counseling from Gardner-Webb University.  He is passionate about work which helps young people have a safe and caring environment where they can grow and reach for a bright future ahead.

P: 828-682-5091 ext. 1959
F: 828-682-5992