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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.

8 to Feel Great!

An 8-week fitness and wellness education program for children aged 9-13 years at Augusta Health's Lifetime Fitness Center that includes exercise and nutrition education.

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.

CHAT (Community Health Action Teams)

A pilot program to take health education and screenings (initially focused around Blood Pressure) into neighborhoods with the poorest health outcomes.

Ongoing Outreach Programs and Services

Chronic Disease Management Classes

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

Lunch and Learns

A series of monthly seminars to educate the community on health-related topics and chronic disease management.

Caring for You and Living Healthy

Bimonthly health education articles in the Staunton News Leader and Waynesboro News Virginian.

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 CHNA: Fitness Rx, Cancer Rx, and Silver Sneakers.

Support Groups

Our current support groups include Diabetes Type 1, Diabetes Type 2, Celiac Sprue (Gluten Free), Lean on Me(Cancer Caregivers), Friends Listening to Friends(Cancer Patients), Moving Forward (Cancer Survivors transitioning out of treatment), Parkinson's Disease, Stroke Club, and Ostomy.

Screening Events

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

At many events we also check Blood Pressure, Blood Screenings (Cholesterol/HDL and Ratio; Cholesterol/HDL and Ratio, LDL, and Triglycerides; Glucose), Body Mass Index (BMI), Dermascan: screening for sun damage, and Osteoporosis.

Seminars and Symposiums

As needed, seminars or symposiums on current topics of concern to the community are coordinated.

Youth Programs

An established roster of programs to engage youth in health careers are conducted annually at Augusta Health—ACES (Augusta Career Explorers) Middle School Camp, Teen Volunteers, High School Mentorship, and Medical Explorers.

Bridge Fund

Financial support to cancer patients in the Augusta Health Cancer Program to 'bridge' the gap and pay expenses not covered by insurance.

Grants and Gifts

Financial contributions to organizations with missions harmonious to Augusta Health's mission who to fund programs and projects that are addressing the community health needs identified in the CHNA.

Community Health Forum

A bi-monthly meeting of all health and human services agencies in Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro to exchange information, share resources and unify programs that address community needs.

Ongoing Clinical Programs

Medical Home

An Augusta Health clinic that takes a proactive, evidence-based approach to the care of patients with multiple chronic conditions (diabetes, COPD, heart diseases, etc.) who have no insurance.

Home Health Telemedicine

In-home devices that function as an educational tool and liaison equipment with health professionals regarding doctor's orders, medications and vital signs.

Cancer Program Navigators

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