Nathan Marchello of Sunnyside’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Center for Community Health Promotion (right) shares information with a visitor to a local health fair.
As of Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Helping members of the community, interacting with a variety of individuals and working towards the goal of seeing people enjoy healthy lifestyles makes Nathan Marchello’s job enjoyable.
He is a health promoter for Sunnyside’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Center for Community Health Promotion.
For approximately 10 years Marchello worked for the Sunnyside School District. He served the district in a number of capacities, his last being a migrant home visitor.
Now he interacts with community members in a different capacity. Marchello can be seen at community health fairs and other events, educating individuals about different health concerns.
“Most important is establishing a rapport with community members and families,” he said of the work he does for Fred Hutchinson.
He said his passion is empowering individuals, helping them lead healthier lives.
“It’s rewarding to hear and see the results,” said Marchello.
He recently facilitated a diabetes support group. “It was the icing on the cake,” he deadpanned.
Marchello said the group learned how to manage diabetes and many were transformed because of the support provided by others.
“It gave me the feeling that our efforts are making an impact,” he said.
Marchello said there are challenges to the work he does. He has to be flexible to meet the needs and schedules of those seeking services provided by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Center for Community Health Promotion.
“We adapt ourselves to meet the individual needs and levels of understanding…we must meet them where they are whether it is in the evening or on a weekend,” he said.
Developing the groundwork for the various projects that Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Center for Community Health Promotion is invested in, Marchello said, requires an ability to understand the communities. The organization serves communities as far away as Franklin County, as well as communities in the Lower Yakima Valley.
He said each project requires a certain level of staffing.
Currently, Marchello is working on a project called Collaboration for a Health Community, which is being developed for Sunnyside residents. It will help individuals in the community learn the benefits of good nutrition and physical activity.
“The goal is to reduce youth obesity,” he said.
Marchello said he is pleased that he has so many opportunities to help others in Sunnyside and other communities.
“It’s fulfilling work,” he said.