Community Health Information

DiabetesWebSliderSome of Measure Up Marion’s best volunteers are community health workers. They help friends, neighbors and co-workers find information. They talk to them about the facts of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other chronic diseases.

In our first two years, we targeted:

  • Marion Oaks
  • Belleview
  • Citra
  • Ft. McCoy
  • Silver Springs
  • Reddick
  • Ocklawaha
  • West Ocala

Marion Oaks’ Community Health Worker is at the Freedom Library every Wednesday morning, and she has become the highlight of the day for many people! In year two of the project, we have expanded to more locations across county.

While no medical experience is necessary, Measure Up Marion uses people with a passion for learning and helping others. They want to help their neighbors help themselves to prevent or control chronic disease.  If you or someone you know would enjoy helping to build healthier communities, contact Kimberly Pike for more information, at kimberly.pike@flhealth.gov or at (352) 629-0137 Ext. 2025.

Free classes on diabetes, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Marion County, have been held already at:

  • Marion Oaks Community Center in Marion Oaks
  • RAMAH Missionary Baptist Church in Belleview
  • Citra First United Methodist Church in Citra
  • Faith Central International Church in Reddick.

facebook-png-02-15Check our Facebook page for other classes in the community as they are scheduled.

To complete the community picture, Measure Up Marion also will be training staff in physicians’ offices to serve as multi-disciplinary teams. These teams — sometimes one person, sometimes more — will work with patients to prevent or manage chronic diseases. They’ll be able to listen carefully to the patient’s needs and help form a plan to deal with the risk and/or the disease itself. Find out from your physician if they have a team available.