April Reid Health Ambassador ‘face of Reid Health’ to community
April 14th, 2017
Sharrie Harlin, Community Outreach Coordinator, was described by nominators as “an excellent example” and a “role model” for contributing to the community. “Her passion is clearly to help others and to ensure they have the resources they need,” said one nominator. “She always has an upbeat, positive attitude and has a smile on her face every day.”
Harlin, a Richmond native and a Reid Health team member for three years, is known for her outreach efforts to help people connect with resources for health care coverage – including taking sign-up and outreach “on the road” to events, food pantries and other community organizations.
Harlin also is the host of “Reid Beside You,” a new public service program aired on Whitewater Community Television in Richmond. She is active in numerous community organizations, including the Center City Development Corporation, the Indiana Community Health Workers as Wayne County chair, Heroin is Here, the Indiana University East School of Humanities Advisory Board, the Richmond Board of Zoning Appeals, the Centerstone Indiana Board, Purdue Extension Board, Countywide Partnership for Youth and Richmond Wayne County Chamber.
A graduate of Richmond High School, she earned a degree in public and environmental affairs from Indiana University. She worked in government contracting in Washington D.C. before returning to Richmond in 2006.
Clearly a people person, Harlin said her community activities leave little time for hobbies or other activities. “I enjoy being able to represent Reid out in the community. People feel they can talk to me about anything,” she said. “The fun part is when people walk up to me and share how happy they are that they have insurance.”
Harlin came to Reid Health after four years as Executive Director of the Wayne County Minority Health Coalition, where her focus was also directly involved in promoting better health and wellness awareness.
As a two-time stroke survivor, she finds her own experiences are a motivator for empathizing and encouraging residents to take charge and be more informed about their health. “Getting people connected to coverage and to care providers is rewarding, because it can help make them more proactive about taking care of — and remove obstacles to — getting the care they need.”