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Community Health & Prevention Outreach

The Community Health & Prevention Outreach team work in partnership with the community to identify health needs, develop interventions to address health needs, participate in health fairs and forums. Community Health and Outreach staff develop grant proposals to address health priorities for the health district. The team is an active partner with community organizations and coalitions who work towards improving health for citizens of the health district.  This team also trains community partners on effective strategies to improve public health.  


What We Do

Crater Health District monitors health trends in the community in order to figure out what are our greatest health needs.  The District then engages the community in several ways to address those health needs and is currently involved with several projects.

Health Education & Literature
The Crater Health District strives to honor community requests for health department participation at speaking engagements, trainings, health fairs, forums, and for health-related literature/brochures.  Please use the “Request for Outreach” link to the right to request any of these services. Please note we cannot guarantee all requests due to staff availability and timeliness of request but we will do our best accommodate your request. 

Chronic Disease Prevention
The district is currently focused on prevention of chronic disease through a variety of projects which include Tobacco Use Control, Obesity, Health Equity, and the Healthy Living and Learning Center.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
Lead is a very toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around homes. Children exposed to lead may experience negative health effects, depending on how much lead they were exposed to. Children under six years of age who are at risk of lead poisoning are referred to their primary care provider for lead testing. Trained health educator’s and nurses offer case management and educational services to families of children with elevated blood lead levels.

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Request for Outreach

Crater News Releases

Harrisonburg:

The Rockingham/Harrisonburg dental department is located at 110 N. Mason St., Harrisonburg, VA 22803, in the BASEMENT of the Health Department. 

Qualifications for dental services:

  1. Patient must live in Harrisonburg or Rockingham County
  2. Have either Medicaid and/or Free Lunch, qualify as “A” income on our sliding scale
  3. Patient must be between the ages of birth and nineteen, and still attending high-school if age 21.  We do NOT treat adults.
  4. We accept Virginia Premier, Optima, Sentara and FAMIS.  With FAMIS the patient must have the $2.00 co-pay plan, NOT the $5.00 co-pay plan.  (Patients having the $5.00 co-pay FAMIS must go to a private dentist, as it is considered private insurance.)  The health department does NOT collect the $2.00 co-pay

If you meet these qualifications, please call 540-574-5210 to make an appointment.  Our office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Please call before coming to make sure we are open, as occasionally we are closed for a holiday or inclement weather.

Waynesboro:

The Waynesboro-Augusta dental team sees children from birth to 21 years of age who have Medicaid or are eligible for free school lunches. The Waynesboro dental clinic, located at the Waynesboro Health Department, sees children from Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta. Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment at the Waynesboro-Augusta office call 540-949-0137, ext. 122.

Lexington:

The Lexington-Rockbridge dental team sees children from birth to 21 years of age who have Medicaid or are eligible for free school lunches. The Lexington-Rockbridge dental clinic, located at the Lexington Rockbridge Health Department, sees children from Lexington, Rockbridge and Buena Vista. Our office hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To make an appointment at the Lexington-Rockbridge office call 540-463-3185, ext. 125.

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Last Updated: 02-11-2014

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