What is Community Health?

Community health is a field of study that specializes in the mental and physical well-being of individuals in geographic region. The health of a community is affected by the demographics, economics, and social influences that exists within the community.

At its core, community health aims to improve the lives of many people through policy change, education, and collaboration with other local organizations. The health district seeks to provide accessible health resources and advocate for policy change to reinforce healthy behaviors in our community.

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Matter of Balance is an evidence-based falls prevention program that aims to reduce the fears people have around falling. This program teaches balance and strength building exercises while empowering people to make positive lifestyle changes

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

Mental Health First Aid takes the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems by improving understanding and providing an action plan that teaches people to safely and responsibly identify and address a potential mental illness or substance use disorder.

This year long program helps people make real sustainable changes to their diet and exercise to delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

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Women’s Health

Seniors Living Alone

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Our Community Health Staff

Stephanie Johnson, MPH
Senior Community Health Program Associate

sjohnson@fvhd.org

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KIRSTEN CAREW, MPH
EPIDEMIOLOGIST

kcarew@fvhd.org

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Justine Ginsberg, RN
Community Health Coordinator

jginsberg@fvhd.org

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ANNA LARSON, MPH
COMMUNITY HEALTH Program ASSOCIATE

alarson@fvhd.org

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Olivia Morris, BS
Community Health Program Associate

omorris@fvhd.org

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