CA Announces New Endeavor Focused on Improving Community Health

Community Health Sustainability Division will oversee medical fitness programs

The Columbia Association (CA) has created the Community Health Sustainability Division to assist the medical community in developing and maintaining community wellness. This new endeavor will focus on increasing the number of CA’s medical fitness programs, specifically those that relate to the health needs of our community such as childhood obesity, diabetes and weight loss; and developing metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of community health programs.

On the creation of this new division, CA’s Director of Community Health Sustainability Shawni Paraska, says “CA recognized the need to focus on the development and expansion of medical fitness programs and the importance of building partnerships with other agencies and organizations who share CA’s goal of improving the health and well-being of our community.” Paraska has worked at CA for more than 24 years serving in various roles, most recently coordinating CA’s physician referral programs – Columbia Optimal Health (focused on exercise, nutrition and behavioral health) and Fit Beginnings (focused on exercise.)

Prior to the development of this new division, the CA Medical Advisory Board of Directors supported CA’s medical fitness programs and played an integral part in developing CA’s current physician referral programs. The Board and medical community at large will continue to play an integral part in developing and advising the division on future CA medical fitness programs, measuring community health and evaluating the health needs of our community.

For media inquiries, contact:

Shelia L. Green
General Manager of Communications & Community Relations
410-715-3171
Shelia.Green@ColumbiaAssociation.com

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