For more than 11 years, Mona Gil de Gibaja has been working in North Central Florida to help create positive change for the residents in our community. Most recently, she was working as a consultant with Healthy Start of North Central Florida and the WellFlorida Council. In that role, she had the opportunity to collaborate with the Alachua County Children’s Services Advisory Board, the Board of County Commissioners, UF Health Shands, UF Health Shands HomeCare, North Florida Regional Medical Center, NurseCore and the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery to create the NewboRN Home Visiting Program (NHVP). Through this program Alachua County residents who deliver their baby in Alachua County can have a free home visit from an RN or Licensed Midwife to learn more about how to be the best parent they can be during the first few weeks of infancy.
In addition, Mona served on the planning team that is led the campaign to create a Children’s Trust in Alachua County. If the voters support the ballot referendum on November 6th the Children’s Trust will bring about $7million to our community annually to provide a continuum of services for children from 0-18 years of age.
In the early days of her career, she worked for a United States Congressman, was a medical social worker at three different hospitals, ran a pediatric AIDS program and worked in child welfare helping to ensure fewer children were abuse and neglected. In addition, she has had the opportunity to teach at the community college and university level and has been a trainer and consultant to one of the largest child welfare agencies in the United States.