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Big Changes for QuitDoc in Columbia County!
June 15, 2020

The QuitDoc Foundation and the Tobacco Free Partnership of Columbia County are sad to announce the departure of Joey O’Hern as our local Community Health Advocate.

Joey has been with the QuitDoc Foundation since 2012 and took over the Tobacco Prevention Program in Columbia County in 2015.  Since that then he has become a fixture in the local community.  Joey was recently offered a leadership role at the Lake City – Columbia County Chamber of Commerce… a job offer that he couldn’t refuse!  We will miss him very much and we wish him all the best as he takes on his new challenge!


However, our tobacco prevention efforts in Columbia County will continue uninterrupted, as we are pleased to welcome Brooke Frye as our new Community Health Advocate in Clay County. 


Brooke is a lifelong resident of Lake City and enjoys being a part of the community. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from the University of Florida and has worked in health-related fields for over 21 years. Most recently, Brooke served as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist and Health Educator with Suwannee River Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

Brooke is thrilled to take over the tobacco prevention project in Columbia County. “I am very excited to be a part of the QuitDoc family and having the opportunity to be an advocate for tobacco prevention and control in Columbia County,” said Brooke. “As a mom of a teenage boy, engaging youth in tobacco prevention is important to me, especially with the electronic cigarette epidemic.”


“Working in community health is of great interest to me,” Brooke added. “Through engagement with community partners and organizations, I will always strive to promote overall health and wellness with focus on increasing awareness and education of tobacco prevention and policy change.”

Joey O’Hern was also happy to see that Brooke would be continuing to build on his hard work over the last several years. "Brooke's years of experience in health education and tobacco treatment make her the perfect fit for this job. I feel confident in saying that under her leadership Columbia County will remain a leader in tobacco prevention!"

If you want to welcome Brooke to the team, you can reach her by email at