Health department hires community health specialist

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has hired Jeremy Fite as a community health specialist.

He will be working to educate the community about what services the health department offers, in addition to explaining health policies.

Fite said he plans to do that through social media and face-to-face conversations at events like health fairs. He also will be an active participant in a number of LiveWell Lawrence initiatives that aim to get people moving more and eating healthier.

Jeremy Fite

Jeremy Fite

Fite, 32, previously worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, where he oversaw operations of the research and training facility called Haslam Family Club University. It had about 300 children per day. He did grant writing in addition to serving as the community liaison.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health education, and is originally from Indianapolis.

Fite said he and his family — wife and 2-year-old son — try to stay as active as possible by running, swimming and walking. They like the outdoors.

“I run between four and five nights a week, depending on my son’s behavior,” he said, laughing.

Tagged: Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, wellness


Charlie Bryan 6 years, 11 months ago

Welcome to Lawrence, Jeremy, and welcome to the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. I'm looking forward to working with you to support our community's efforts at improving health and well-being of Douglas County residents.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 11 months ago

I read recently that more people are seeking joint replacements at earlier ages. It seems those wanting to stay fit by running/jogging are wearing out their joints far earlier than ever before. Running/Jogging is considered high impact.

So maybe adopting lighter impact choices such as biking,walking and swimming might be promoted?

Marilyn Hull 6 years, 11 months ago

Welcome, Jeremy! We are excited to have a new partner who brings fresh ideas and energy.

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