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Public Health & Community Services

Posted on: January 7, 2021

Nashua Public Health welcomes new Community Health Workers!

We are excited to announce that we have hired three Community Health Workers (CHW) through funding provided by New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Silvia Petuck is a native of Brazil, speaks three languages (Portuguese, Spanish, and English), and has a passion for assisting under served communities. Abimana Ngira is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa, speaks six languages (Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Lingala, French, and English), and loves to communicate with people and lift them up when they are down. Nelly Gachohu is originally from Nairobi, Kenya, is in her last year of college majoring in Public Health and minoring in Communications, and has been a residential counselor which has prepared her to maintain rapport with individuals of all spectrums.

As Community Health Workers, Silvia, Abimana, and Nelly will:

  • Work with clients and families using a community-based approach to promote, maintain, and improve health conditions through education, counseling, and screening activities. 
  • Play an integral role interacting with diverse community groups to build trust, as well as establish and maintain community relations.
  • Establish linkages within the community to increase access to testing and care services, support employment efforts and housing security as well as support case investigations, monitoring, and disease control.
  • Support COVID-19 response efforts and will work across programs to develop health promotion and prevention messages in multiple languages and distribute information to businesses and food establishments.

Join us as we welcome our Community Health Workers to the Nashua Division of Public Health & Community Services! Many thanks to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for providing the funding for this new staff.