Jenny Lin, who heads the Northland Alliance, Northland Partners for Opportunity and the North Side Health Advisory Committee, is wearing another hat.

At the July 10 meeting of the Northland Community Council, Lin introduced herself as the new neighborhood health ambassador for ZIP codes 43229 and 43231.

Other ambassadors are being sought for the role of grassroots advocate for health concerns throughout the city, including for the other health advisory committee areas of the near east side, south side, west side, far east side and central area, the latter including ZIP codes 43201, 43211, 43219 and parts of 43222.

"Columbus Public Health is looking for passionate community ambassadors to help spread important health information and relay community concerns back to us," according to a flyer for the program.

Information sessions for those interested in becoming ambassadors are scheduled for:

* July 26, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

* July 27, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

* July 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

All sessions will be held at Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave.

Lin was accompanied at the NCC session by Malaika L. Brewer, Health Equity Section program manager, and Sarah A. Potter, the adviser to the North Side Health Advisory Committee.

Brewer urged people to attend the upcoming sessions.

"There will be some perks to that, as well, which can't be announced today but they will be at the information sessions," she said. "Hopefully, you will come and learn more about becoming a neighborhood health ambassador."

According to a program flyer, ambassadors are required to serve three years, attend a minimum of four community meetings each year, provide written summaries to health department officials regarding the topics discussed at community meetings and undergo training.

The flyer says that it is preferable the ambassadors live within the areas they are serving and that they are available some evenings and weekends.

For more information, contact Brewer at (614) 645-1345 or mabrewer@columbus.gov.

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