Director, Early Childhood Programs & Parent Engagement
P: (503) 284-8000
Kimberly Porter was born on a Naval base in Portsmouth, Virginia. As a result of her early Navy upbringing she has an extensive travel background and strong gravitation towards people from diverse communities. She was raised in the Midwest in Cincinnati, Ohio. She relocated from Detroit/Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2009 and currently resides in Beaverton, Oregon. Kimberly has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a Dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/Sociology from Ohio State/Kent State University. She is also a Certified School Social Worker and Infant Mental Health Specialist receiving extensive post-masters training at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor’s Developmental Psychology Department and Center for Human Growth; Development. Kimberly has obtained specialized educational training in cognitive-behavioral, structural /strategic, culturally-specific, narrative, mother-child attachment therapies and infant massage. Kimberly is a seasoned Clinical Social worker and psychotherapist with over 26 years of experience in the mental health field with a concentration on treating infants, toddlers, school age children, teenagers and their families. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including elementary/middle school, hospital, residential, college/university, inpatient/outpatient psychiatric and community-based facilities. Kimberly has served as a professional in various positions including home visitor manager, parent-child psychotherapist, parent educator, preschool teacher, teen parent group facilitator, parole officer, case manager, clinical supervisor, family therapist and developmental psychology research associate. Kimberly has demonstrated notable success working with various ethnic, racial and economically diverse communities of color with a particular interest and passion in working with the African-American community. Her clinical research experience was developed as the Family Lab Coordinator for the Michigan Family Study in Ann Arbor, MI, which studied 260 infants with pediatric physiological regulation problems in the areas of sleeping, crying and feeding. Kimberly is currently the Manager for the Together We Can Culturally-Specific Home Visiting Program serving African/African-American and Multi-Ethnic teen parents at the Black Parent Initiative. She is also an ICTC trained Full Circle Provisional Doula/Birth Companion providing pre-natal, labor/delivery and post-partum support services in Portland and Southwest suburbs. She is a Childbirth Educator at Legacy Health Systems facilitating hospital tours and childbirth & newborn essential classes. Kimberly serves on various professional committees including the Oregon Doula Association-Board of Directors as the Diverse Communities Chair, Oregon Infant Mental Health Advisory Committee, African-American Breastfeeding Coalition, Multnomah County Home Visiting Communities of Practice and Infant Mental Health Cultural; Linguistic Workgroup, International Center for Traditional Childbearing African-American Childbirth Educators Train the Trainer Advisory Committee and the 9 th International Black Midwives; Healers Conference Planning Committee-Youth Committee Co-Chair. Kimberly was a member of the 2015 BRAVE (Building Reproductive Autonomy and Voices for Equity) Leadership Cohort through the Western States Center with ICTC to create awareness and education of the reproductive health and justice issues relevant in the Portland African-American community. Through Kimberly’s passionate work as a Culturally-Specific Home Visiting Manager; Doula with African-American women in the Portland community and surrounding area via home visiting sessions, psychoeducational/support groups, focus groups and qualitative self-reports research, she has listened to many heartbreaking and unsettling stories from these women about traumatizing pre-natal visits, forced medical interventions without mother’s consent, discriminatory comments by medical staff, limited information about breastfeeding benefits and select information about reproductive contraceptives. As a result of these trusting relationships that Kimberly has established with these women as an African-American woman and culturally competent birth educator she is consciously aware that her presence and advocacy is much needed and appreciated in changing policy, research and service delivery with this specific population of African-American women. Kimberly has utilized her position and status as an Early Childhood Home Visiting Manager, Infant Mental Health Therapist and Doula to discuss and address health disparities in the Portland African-American community relating to the disporportionate rates of low birth weight African-American babies and alarming infant mortality statistics in the State of Oregon. Kimberly is committed and dedicated in continuing to educate, uplift and empower African-American women and their families from a holistic, African-centered lens.
"Through my life experiences, I try to exemplify what it means to be not only physically healthy, but also financially healthy. Economic stability is a motivator to many families and I want direct my passion to helping others achieve it!"