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Community Health & Prevention Sciences

Julie Chaya, Director


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Community Health & Prevention Sciences 
In the Community Health & Prevention Sciences Division (CHPS)* we are committed to reducing the mortality and morbidity attributable to the leading preventable causes of illness, disability, and death – and to promoting community health – in Richland County.

CHPS is the art and science of studying and assessment of community health needs, organization and provision of comprehensive community health services and education and development of health care programs with the objectives of the promotion of health and the prevention of diseases.

Our Division is strategically positioning itself as a leader in prevention science and community health to address preventable causes of illness and death in the U.S as outlined in the country’s National Prevention Strategy.

Our staff is dedicated to the improvement of health and health care among diverse populations through research, learning, and community partnerships. We are engaged in research and community health activities across the lifespan from maternal-child health to long-term care.                                                                                         

In addition, CHPS continues its role as the informational link to the community and the media. This Division is responsible for news releases to the media and social networks, advertising for Richland Public Health, and maintaining the website. CHPS also has two trained and certified Public Information Officers (PIO) for communication in a health or public emergency.

Communities Preventing Chronic Disease (CPCD) and Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) are both major grant-funded programs. See the links above for more information on our programs.

*This division was previously titled Health Promotion/Education

Main Office: 419-774-4761
Director: Julie Chaya, 419-774-0806

Health Education and Communication Specialists (and PIO)
Reed Richmond, 419-774-4726
Heather Foley, 419-774-4758

Health Educators
Ellen Claiborne, 419-774-3542 - CPCD & CHC
Emily Leedy, 419-774-4773 - CPCD & CHC
Sydney Lange, 419-774-4771 - CPCD & CHC

Clerical Specialist
Shannon Nelson, 419-774-4761

Kathy Schmidt, 419-774-4747

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