Benjamin Spierings was hired as a Community Health Program Manager by the Petaluma Health Care District.
The Sonoma County public agency said Spierings will coordinate the district’s community health initiatives and partnerships, and expand community outreach efforts. He will also lead the district’s new community health worker program, which will train and equip a team that delivers a tailored strategy to improve the health and well-being of residents.
Spierings was previously an entrepreneur for Providence Health Community Benefit, where he worked to bring together Sonoma County Health Action chapters and community partners. He also worked as a community health educator while serving in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia.
“Ben is a great addition to our team and has a genuine interest and experience in involving the community in addressing the social determinants that impact health,” said Ramona Faith, District CEO, “and we are delighted to be able to launch our indispensable Community Health Worker Program. Introducing this program to South Sonoma County is a critical response to the many forms of environmental, equity and pandemic trauma our community has endured. “
Spierings received a BS in Global Disease Biology from UC Davis.