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RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall is the public information director of the Henry/Stark Health Departments.
Blog: Health office choses grant advisor
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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.

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