Community Health & Prevention Sciences

The art and science of  community health needs

Community Health & Prevention Sciences Division (CHPS)

In the Community Health & Prevention Sciences Division (CHPS) we are committed to reducing the mortality and morbidity attributable to the leading preventable causes of illness, disability, and death – and to promoting community health – in Richland County.

CHPS is the art and science of studying and assessment of community health needs, organization and provision of comprehensive community health services and education and development of health care programs with the objectives of the promotion of health and the prevention of diseases.

Our Division is strategically positioning itself as a leader in prevention science and community health to address preventable causes of illness and death in the U.S as outlined in the country’s National Prevention Strategy.

Our staff is dedicated to the improvement of health and health care among diverse populations through research, learning, and community partnerships.                                                                                       

Julie Chaya, Ph.D.

Julie Chaya, Ph.D.



Community Health and Prevention Sciences is currently responsible for two grants that are listed below. More information about those grant programs will be coming.

PREP Grant

Richland Public Health has received grant funding of $300,000 per year for the next three years from The Ohio Department of Youth Services Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) today.

PREP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for the purposes of providing an evidence-based adult preparation curriculum to youth between the ages of 14-21 who are in foster care, group homes, independent living, juvenile justice, or alternative schools.

Drug Free Communities Grant

Richland Public Health was one of 150 grant recipients of a Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program and will receive $125,000 per year, up to 10 years in DFC grant funds to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced the recipients on October 31, 2019. The DFC Program provides grants to community coalitions to strengthen the infrastructure among local partners to create and sustain a reduction in local youth substance use. Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, DFC- funded coalitions engage multiple sectors of the community and employ a variety of environmental strategies to address local substance use problems.

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News and Media

This Division is responsible for news releases to the media and social networks, advertising for Richland Public Health, and maintaining the website. CHPS also has two trained and certified Public Information Officers (PIO) for communication in a health or public emergency.

Monthly Health Report

Contact Community Health & Prevention 

Our staff is dedicated to the improvement of health and health care among diverse populations through research, learning, and community partnerships.

Regular Hours
Monday – Thursday 8a – 4:30p
Friday 8a – 4p
Main Office

555 Lexington Avenue
Mansfield, OH 44907


Dr. Julie Chaya

Health Education and Communications Specialist

Reed Richmond

Health Educators

 Gurpinder Deol,

DFC Coordinator, 419-774-4754

CHPS Coordinator

Shannon Nelson