Jeremy D. Howard, BSN, RN-BC, Coordinator Occupational Health Services

Joyce Ann Combes, RN, MPH Occupational Health Nurse

Josselyn Vargas,​ Secretary

3601 Ferncliff Avenue NW, Roanoke
(540) 853-1436 or (540) 853-1430 Fax (540) 853-1238

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Occupational Health is a specialty that considers the effects of work on health. It also considers an individual's health, ability and fitness to perform a particular job. The aim of Occupational Health is health promotion and prevention of work-related illness and injury by:

  • ensuring that the employees work does not in any way damage or compromise the employees’ health;

  • encouraging safe working practices;

  • ergonomics (studying how you work and how you could work better);

  • monitoring the health of the workforce;

  • supporting the management of sickness absence;

  • work with district leadership to implement policies and ensure health and safety compliance;

  • conduct pre-employment health assessments;

  • support health promotion and education programs;

  • provide vaccinations;

  • treat workplace injuries;

  • manage worker’s compensation cases;

  • encourage workers to take responsibility for their own health through health education and disease management programs, such as smoking cessation, exercise/fitness, nutrition and weight control, stress management, control of chronic illnesses and effective use of medical services;

  • provide guidance, counselling, and referral advice to employees around non work related health problems;

  • fitness for duty surveillance;

  • work with leadership to offer advice and guidance around making reasonable adjustments to your working conditions.




3601 Ferncliff Ave. NW
Roanoke, VA 24019


40 Douglass Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA24012 Phone 540-853-2502