Tara Van Patten is a Health Education Specialist Intern at Nevada Public Health Foundation, where she works to provide Statutory Rape Education Training to teens, parents, mandatory reporters and other community members in schools, after-school programs, juvenile justice facilities, hospitals, non-profits, and other public health agencies. Tara also works to provide current and important information for the S.T.A.R.S. (Supporting Teens Achieving Real-Life Success) program that serves pregnant and parenting teens receiving public assistance.
Tara has served children and families for many years. She is a former teacher for Early Head Start. After some time off to raise her children, Tara decided to pursue a degree in Social Work and received her Associate of Arts Degree, with honors, from Western Nevada College in 2017. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Social Work Degree through the University of Nevada, Reno.
In her free time, Tara enjoys spending time with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. She enjoys camping, fishing, music, and traveling. Her true passion is serving the children and families within her community through support, education, and empowerment, so that they may regain self-sufficiency.