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CenterPlace Health Employee Tiona Settles, MPH, CCHW, Receives Certification as Community Health Worker

Sarasota, Fla., October 24, 2022 – CenterPlace Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center, is pleased to announce that Tiona Settles, MPH, CCHW, recently became certified by the State of Florida as a Community Health Worker. Tiona joined CenterPlace Health in May of 2022 and is working on a health equity initiative funded by Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation.

The Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW) credential is for front-line health workers who, by virtue of their trusted status in the community, serve as a liaison, link and intermediary between health services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service deliver. Earning this credential is a multi-step process that requires education, documentation, and experience. Applicants must also sit for an exam. Once certified, each professional is required to strictly observe a Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct and participate in annual continuing education events.

“I have always been so impressed with the staff at CenterPlace Health and their dedication to our mission,” said Kari Ellingstad, CEO. “This professional designation requires extensive learning and experience but also requires a personal passion and commitment to serve our patients and community. Tiona embodies that skill, and we are honored to have her on our team.”

About Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
The Charles and Margery Barancik family has long believed in the power of philanthropy to shape our world and enrich the lives of all people. It was the expression of this belief that led them in 2014 to establish Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation—a private, family foundation located in Sarasota, Florida. Barancik Foundation creates initiatives and awards grants in Sarasota and beyond in the areas of education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, the environment, and medical research. For more information, visit