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Following the adoption of the Augusta County Community Health Needs Assessment and Augusta Health Implementation Plan by the Augusta Health Board in 2013, Community Wellness and Public Relations developed a comprehensive community benefit program, Connecting our Community to Healthy Lives—to coordinate current programs and create new initiatives to address the needs identified in the CHNA and targeted in the Implementation Plan. These programs, based on research of best practices in the Community Benefit Field include:

New Initiatives and Pilot Programs


A pilot program with schools in Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro to address nutrition and physical activity of elementary school students

Go Girls

A joint program with the UVA Health System and the Waynesboro YMCA for at-risk adolescent girls that includes weekly exercise and self-esteem classes.

Faith Community Nursing

A pilot program under development with local churches to positively impact health outcomes for the most vulnerable in our community by expanding access to excellent physical and spiritual care through local faith communities.

Big Squeeze

A free blood pressure screening and education program available at community-based sites. View the calendar for upcoming events.

Friends and Family CPR

Classes are offered to community members.

Ongoing Outreach Programs and Services

Chronic Disease Management Classes

Classes in Diabetes, Pre-Diabetes, Heart Failure, Chronic Disease Management, and Smoking and Tobacco Cessation (GIFT).

Lunch and Learns

A series of monthly seminars to educate the public (primarily seniors) on health-related topics. Chronic diseases and health education needs identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment are emphasized.

Caring for You and Living Healthy

Bimonthly health education articles in the Staunton News Leader and Waynesboro News Virginian. Chronic diseases and health education needs identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment are emphasized.

Event Calendars

Monthly calendar published in the local news papers to provide the community with details on all support groups, screening events, health education programs, and special health events at Augusta Health.

Fitness Programs at Augusta Health Lifetime Fitness

Fitness programs provided at free or reduced cost to address the needs of specific populations identified in the the Community Health Needs Assessment, including Fitness Rx, Cancer Rx, and Silver Sneakers.

Support Groups

Chronic disease specific support groups to address the needs of those chronic diseases identified in the the Community Health Needs Assessment. Include Diabetes Type 1, Diabetes Type 2, Celiac Sprue (Gluten Free), Lean on Me(Cancer Caregivers), Friends Listening to Friends(Cancer Patients), Fortitude (late stage cancer patients), Continuing Survivor (cancer patients who have completed treatment), Diversions (Ostomy), Parkinson's Disease, Stroke Club.

Screening Events

Annual screening events held at Augusta Health include the Annual Skin Cancer and Prostate Cancer Screenings, and Heart Health Fair. Lung Cancer and Colorectal Cancer Screenings are under development.

Seminars and Symposiums

As needed, seminars or symposiums on current topics of interest and concern are presented to the public.

Speakers' Bureau

A provision of health experts who provide information on health topics to community groups. Request a speaker for your event.

Youth Programs

An established roster of programs to engage youth in health careers at Augusta Health—ACES (Augusta Career Explorers) Middle School Camp, Teen Volunteers, Mentorships (coordinated through the school districts), and Medical Explorers. Staff also participate in several Career Days at community schools.

Bridge Fund

The Bridge Fund provides financial support to 'bridge' the gap and pay expenses not covered by insurance. Available for cancer patients in the Augusta Health Cancer Program.

Community Health Forum

The Community Health Forum is a bi-monthly meeting of all health and human services agencies in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County to exchange information, share resources and unify programs addressing the health needs tof the community.

Augusta Health Clinical Programs

Medical Home Clinic

A clinic that takes a proactive approach to care for highly complex patients (those with multiple chronic conditions) who have no insurance. The approach is evidence-based and includes weekly clinical care conferences, outcomes bundles, wellness initiates, and a team approach that includes the patient.

Home Health Telehealth

Home Health Telehealth provides in-home devices that function as an educational tool and liaison with health professionals regarding doctor's orders, medications, and vital signs.

Cancer Program Navigators

Healthcare professionals provided without charge to cancer patients. Navigators help guide the patient and families through the entire course of treatment from diagnosis to recovery, coordinating care and connecting patients to the resources they need.