New county health educator takes over

WARREN – Saying she is excited and grateful to serve the community she grew up in, Jenna Amerine has been named the new Trumbull County heath educator.

Amerine replaces Mel Milliron, who served 23 years in the position for the Trumbull County Board of Health.

Among her duties is working on the Creating Healthy Communities grant, which helps pay for programs and services on physical activity, nutrition, tobacco, chronic disease, policy systems and environmental change in Trumbull County.

The grant helps pay for projects like a cleanup at Bolindale Park in Howland, Ohio Health program for daycares and the annual food services conference, which will be in August. The money will also help pay for a pocket park on Woodland Avenue in Warren near the bicycle trail.

Amerine said funds have also been used for SCOPE’s mobile food pantry and the Howland farmer’s market.

She said the grant this year is $110,000, but it can vary based on available funds. ”We reapply each year,” she said.

Amerine said she became interested in public health while attending The Ohio State University. She later earned a master’s degree in public health from Kent State University.

“I discovered I liked public health education, being out in the community and educating the public and providing the access to change,” she said.

Frank Migliozzi, deputy health commissioner, said he wanted to see the health education division stay in the county health department.

“We want to see improved health outcomes and dive into the health needs of the county,” Migliozzi said.

Amerine, from Vienna, was involved in the recent Bike to Work Day and with community health assessments. She said she is excited to work in the community she grew up in.

“I am very grateful and look forward to being here,” she said.