W. Shirin Strauss, MA, ICCE, IBCLC

Program Director - First 5 First Steps Home Visiting Program

Shirin Strauss is the Program Director for the Palomar Health North Region First 5 First Steps Home Visiting Program serving children and families. She has over 37 years’ experience in the field of individual, family and community health. She also teaches childbirth and breastfeeding classes at Scripps. Shirin previously managed Palomar Health Outpatient Lactation Services and worked with Welcome Home Baby. She worked with Family Health Centers of San Diego as the Central and East Region Program Director for Healthy Development Services (HDS). She also worked as a Senior Program Officer for the Office of the California Governor and for First 5 Los Angeles, and previously directed 7 perinatal health programs for Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. She also co-coordinated the prenatal department at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Shirin earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and Women’s Health, and is a Certified Childbirth Educator and Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her passion is spending time with her husband and family, and contributing toward quality of life for children and families.