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Victoria is the Community Liaison for the Manchester Community School Project (MCSP) at the City of Manchester Health Department. Victoria is responsible for establishing partnerships between local service agencies, nonprofits, faith-based groups, business, and communities to strengthen overall community coordination around service delivery. She plans and delivers health literacy and behavior change workshops for chronic disease management and resident leadership programs. Victoria serves as the Manchester Health Department’s link to health equity and diversity-related initiatives statewide. She provides ongoing support to school-based Community Health Workers, including site visits, and ongoing peer support. Victoria serves on the municipal Steering Committee for the Johns Hopkins University GovEx data initiative; she also helps lead equity and immigrant/refugee focused initiatives across the state.
The City of Manchester, New Hampshire, is the most racially and ethnically diverse area in New Hampshire, with an estimated 70 different languages spoken as first languages in the city’s public schools. Established in 1839, the City of Manchester Health Department (MHD) is an innovative and proactive local health department grounded in the principles and application of the core public health functions. Its mission is “to improve the health of individuals, families, and the community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats” with an aim to work both across its branches and with other community partners to improve public health. The four branches include Neighborhood and Family Health, Infectious Disease, Environmental Health and Emergency Preparedness, and School Health. The City of Manchester received a Culture of Health Prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2016.