Community Health Advocate

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department (SGCHD) Community Health Advocate program currently focuses on two identified health priorities 1) heart disease through non-intrusive blood pressure screenings and facilitating access to care through local healthcare partnerships 2) mental health/substance abuse through working closely with a team from Jordan Valley Community Health Center Behavioral Health Clinic to assist opioid substance use patients receiving medical assisted treatment navigate community resources after stabilization. Within both arms of the program, SGCHD utilizes frontline public health workers, who serve as trusted members of their community who strive to bridge gaps and reduce barriers to better health. Advocates build individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, education, social support and advocacy.

If you are interested in learning more about this program or becoming a Community Health Advocate in Zone 1, please contact Heather Parker at (417)864-1432 or via email.

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Community Health Advocates

Lacey NicholsLacey
Lacey grew up in the Grant Beach Neighborhood and graduated from Drury University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and previously worked at the YMCA. She has helped with the supplemental produce distributions and is a member of the Grant Beach Community Garden. Lacey enjoys being more involved with her community while helping people live a better life.

Bob MonierBob
Bob serves the Springfield Area and Greene County as a Community Health Advocate. His area of specialty is helping those with opioid addictions. Bob has lived most of his life in the Springfield area except for several tours in the military. He is a graduate of Missouri State University and obtained his nursing diploma from St. John’s School of Nursing. He has previously worked at Ralston Purina, Mercy, Springfield Police Department and the Springfield Fire Department (retired 2016). Bob currently splits his work time at the Springfield Greene County Health Department and Jordan Valley Community Health Center. At Jordan Valley, he helps connect patients with resources they need for successful rehabilitation from their opioid dependence. He looks forward to helping the community turn the tide against the opioid crisis.

Rachel ToddRachel
Rachel grew up in the Ozarks and graduated from Missouri State University with a BS in Wildlife Biology. She has been with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department since 2016. She has recently transferred over to the Chronic Disease Prevention Team as a Community Health Advocate focusing on blood pressure screenings, referral to healthcare, and education. Rachel looks forward getting involved with the community and helping people live healthier lives.

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