MacMurray to assist in Healthy Jacksonville initiative

October 15, 2018 | 9:38 AM

A partnership between Passavant Area Hospital, SIU School of Medicine and MacMurray College aims to increase access to health care using a holistic approach for vulnerable or at-risk residents of Jacksonville.

The Passavant Foundation has provided a grant of $169,000 to fund the first year of Healthy Jacksonville. A portion of the grant will support the integration of two community health workers who will have offices in the target area and be tasked with building relationships with the residents in order to help them achieve better health.

MacMurray alumna Sarah Schone Karraker ’05, supervisor of social services and case coordinator at Passavant, has been selected to supervise the community health workers and help ensure the program’s success. Students from the social work department at MacMurray College will assist in gathering data as the project launches. 

“This presents a huge opportunity for us to improve the health of those in our community,” Karraker said. 

Photo: Sarah Karraker with MacMurray seniors Auryana Bradley and Nichole Hester. Also with the project, but not pictured, is senior Damon Wheeler and junior Megan Evans.

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