Gail Ripka, Henry and Stark County Health Department Administrator, is
pleased to announce the appointment of Alison Womack as the Department's new
"We Choose Health" Grant Community Health Advisor/Specialist.
Ms. Womack will be responsible for the implementation and evaluation of
the "We Choose Health" grant. These duties will include: planning,
organizing, coordinating and participating in the development,
administration and evaluation of sustainable initiatives to improve health
through evidence and practice-based approaches; recommending and
implementing program-related goals and objectives; coordinating school
health initiatives in both Henry and Stark Counties; and building and
sustaining successful collaborations and partnerships.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has awarded $3.5 million
in "We Choose Health" grants to communities in 60 counties in Illinois,
including $56,480 awarded to the Henry and Stark County Health Departments.
These funds will be used to integrate the Coordinated School Health Model at
Cambridge Community Unit School District and Stark County Community Unit
School District. In addition, funds will also be used to encourage smoke
free multi-unit housing.
"We Choose Health" is a multi-year IDPH initiative to encourage and
support obesity and tobacco prevention in Illinois Communities.
When asked about her new position with the Health Department, Womack
stated, "I feel a strong desire to be of service to the people of Henry and
Stark Counties. It is important that we all work together; area
organizations, schools, local health departments, municipalities and others,
to improve the health of people in our communities. Through the "We Choose
Health" grant, I feel we can truly take a proactive approach in keeping our
communities alive and thriving. I look forward to educating and promoting
healthy living to our local residents."
Womack, born and raised in Mattoon, IL, received her bachelor's degree
from the University of Illinois, Springfield.