DR. HOLLY KRALJ
Associate Professor, Chico State University, Nursing Department
Dr. Holly Kralj is honored to join the important work of the Butte First 5 Commission. She is an associate professor of nursing at California State University, Chico (CSUC), with a specialty in maternal/child nursing and public health. She is also a certified nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner with Enloe Hospital. Holly holds a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from CSUC and completed her bachelor’s in nursing in 1998. Holly completed her master’s in nursing and midwifery at the University of California, San Francisco in 2001, and completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in 2014. She was the recipient of the Dean’s Research Award for her doctoral work, Creating Pathways of Care, which focused on increasing community screening and treatment of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Holly has worked extensively in Butte County as a certified nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner. She is certified as a lactation consultant and has given numerous presentations on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and best practices for supporting the breastfeeding dyad. She is a member of the steering committee for the Mothers Strong Collaborative and has worked diligently within the community to increase access to safe and compassionate care for women and families. She also has had the joy of being an Options for Recovery foster mother.
Holly is the proud mother of two grown sons and two young daughters. She believes that supporting the care and development of children and families is the most important work one can do.