On Saturday, November 16th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm , the Health Department will be training “community champions” on health issues such as flu, hand washing, and emergency preparedness. Community Health Champions are volunteers. They educate and motivate people to make healthy decisions, practice healthy behaviors, and prepare for emergencies. Champions lead by example and always demonstrate healthy practices in their own lives. By inviting others to join the conversation about health and preparedness, Champions contribute to the overall health of the community. Community Health Champions must be 18 years of age and interested in promoting healthy practices within their communities. Champions must also be able to read and understand English, though bilingual Champions are highly encouraged to become involved. In their first year, Champions must attend an initial training and commit to conducting at least two activities within the community. In subsequent years, an annual meeting and annual activity are required. Additional training may be offered and additional activities are always encouraged. Champions care about their communities. They are naturally connected and good at motivating individuals and groups. Most feel comfortable speaking in front of people and are eager to share knowledge. Most importantly, Champions model healthy behaviors and decisions in their everyday lives. I would like you to help me recruit at least one member of your community who could be a part of this training. Please forward me the names and contact information within a week. JazakAllahkhair and thank you very much.
Zubair Saeed, M.D.
Community Health Specialist
Fairfax County Health Department
10777 Main St, Suite 320
Fairfax, VA 22030