Haley Sawatzke

Early Childhood Navigator

Haley Sawatzke

Haley joined the GUH staff in May 2021. She is an Early Childhood Navigator working in Faribault and Northfield.

Where did you grow up, and how long have you lived in Northfield?

I grew up in Orono, Minnesota. I’ve lived in Northfield for six years. I attended St. Olaf College for four years and have been around since then.

What is your educational and/or work background?

I graduated from St. Olaf with a degree in race and ethnic studies and a concentration in education. I studied abroad in Costa Rica, and I was on the golf team at St. Olaf..

Why did you take this job with GUH/HCI?

I’ve worked with Healthy Community Initiative since September 2020 as a support specialist. As I learned more about what HCI did in our community, I really liked the mission and its values and thought it was a good fit for me.

What are your main job responsibilities?

For Growing Up Healthy, it’s connecting families to resources in the community. I’ve been reaching out to families about preschool screenings. I also do a lot of data entry, supporting the programs.

What do you like most about the job?

l like that I get to work in my community, and that I’m working with families and children directly. I like being able to see the difference that all of the leaders in the community can make.

What’s the most challenging part of your job? 

COVID has made it harder because it’s not as easy to connect with families.

What are your hopes and dreams for the community where you work?

To see the youth flourish and succeed and have the resources that they need to be able to do those things.

What do you do for fun?

l like to play golf and hockey. I enjoy spending time outdoors and visiting different state parks, and like to spend time with my nieces.