GRACE CZUBACHOWSKI, the new Shiawassee County Health Educator, can be seen in her second-floor office in the Capitan Center in Corunna on Thursday, Aug. 2. In addition to helping maintain the many successful programs the Health Department already offers, Czubachowski will use social media to improve awareness and expand the reach of the department.

  (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

 

by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor

Shiawassee County Health Director Larry Johnson announced on Tuesday, July 24 – following the groundbreaking for the Health Department’s $1.2 million Capitan Center expansion – that the county’s second-largest department would be introducing new services in 2018. True to his word, Johnson has now announced the reinstatement of the Shiawassee County Health Department’s Health Education after a decades-long hiatus.

Heading the new department is Grace Czubachowski, who recently graduated from Central Michigan University with degrees in marketing and community health education. Czubachowski began on July 16 and has spent her first weeks on the job getting to know the community by attending events like the Breastfeeding Walk, and working with community service organizations like Leadership Shiawassee, among others. She is also part of a steering committee that helped the Alliance for a Drug Free Shiawassee submit an application for a large federal grant that would fund the group’s operations for five years.

“I have really enjoyed my first couple weeks on the job,” Grace shared during an interview on Thursday, Aug. 2. “Shiawassee County has so much to offer; there are so many wonderful organizations that support the community. I am still kind of establishing myself in the community, but I look forward to helping to educate the residents of Shiawassee County about all the services and programs that are available, and providing programs that improve the health and lifestyles of residents.”

Czubachowski is wasting no time in making her presence felt. She is in the process of creating mindfulness training tools for residents, which will feature a smoking program and an obesity/exercise program. Though some county residents have yet to meet Czubachowski, Johnson, for one, is very pleased to have her on board at the Health Department.

“Bringing back the Health Education program was one of the goals we identified during the strategic planning process we recently concluded,” Johnson reports. “We have not had a Health Education program since the 1980s, so I am excited. Grace will improve awareness of the programs, services and clinics we offer, and increase the number of people we help. We have a lot of momentum right now and Grace is going to help us continue that.”

Health Department Reinstitutes Health Education Program was last modified: August 13th, 2018 by Karen Elford