Community Health Advocates

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department (SGCHD) Community Health Advocate program currently focuses on two identified health priorities:

  • heart disease through non-intrusive blood pressure screenings and facilitating access to care through local healthcare partnerships
  • 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, to bridge gaps and reduce barriers to better health. Advocates strive to improve the lives of individuals in our community by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through outreach, education, social support and advocacy.

To receive your free blood pressure screening, make a referral or learn more about this program, please contact us at (417) 864-1432 or via email.

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Meet our 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.

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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