JudyThe Board of Directors for local nonprofit Jefferson Area CHiP has announced that Judy Smith will retire as Executive Director after nearly 25 years of service.  A Succession Planning and Search committee has been formed by the Board of Directors and, with Ms. Smith’s support, has initiated a process to identify a successor and ensure a smooth transition by July 2015.

“Judy’s passion for community health and her compassionate connection to underserved populations has made her a driving force for good in our community,” said Mary Gibson, Chair of CHiP’s Board of Directors. “Judy piloted a small home visiting program more than 20 years ago and now CHiP is a cornerstone of our community’s response to poverty and public health.”

The Charlottesville Albemarle CHiP, (Children’s Health Improvement Program) office opened 1991 as a partnership between the Thomas Jefferson Health District and the Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA), replicating a successful program model in Roanoke, VA that provided a new team-based, integrated approach to meeting the social, emotional and health needs of young children. Ms. Smith was the first program coordinator for CHiP in Charlottesville.  Under her leadership, CHiP grew from a small interagency program to become a robust, independent nonprofit in 2008. Since 1991, CHiP has served more than 4300 children and more than 2600 families.

About Jefferson Area CHiP: Jefferson Area CHiP is a home visiting program serving low-income pregnant women and families with children under the age of seven in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Louisa and Fluvanna. By teaming families with a Community Health Nurse and a Family Support Worker, CHiP addresses three key components of family health: health care access and education, parenting support, and family self-sufficiency. www.jachip.org

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