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Debbie Cheatham

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist

Debbie Cheatham is a Senior Technical Assistance (TA) Specialist at ZERO TO THREE. Debbie supports the National Institute for Child Health Quality (NICHQ) to implement the HRSA Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network Coordination Center (ECCS CoIIN CC).

In her current role as Senior TA Specialist, Dr. Cheatham assists NICHQ with developing content and providing training and technical assistance to ECCS Impact grantees and CoIIN teams. The project includes 12 grantee states and 28 place-based communities, and it aims to increase the developmental skills of children at age 3 via thematic webinars, communities of practice, developing written materials and assisting in the planning, coordinating, and facilitating in-person and virtual meetings of the grantees.

Prior to her work with ECCS, Debbie served as a Resource Specialist, Project LAUNCH, for the National Resource Center on Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention at ZERO TO THREE, and provided technical assistance and support to state and territorial grantees and served as the subject matter expert on developmental screening and assessment, one the five required strategy areas for LAUNCH.

Prior to joining ZERO TO THREE, Dr. Cheatham served as the Clinical Director of the Office of Child Health at the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the Title V funded Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Director. Before moving to Georgia, Dr. Cheatham served as a Health Planning Administrator for the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention Services, where she managed many early childhood programs including the Part C early intervention program of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Dr. Cheatham received her BSN and DNP from Vanderbilt University; and, MS in Nursing from The Ohio State University. She has over 30 years of nursing