Driven by love of community


By Wayne Allen

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Erin Trapp, clinical nurse manager at Compass Community Health, often says one of the greatest joys of her job is serving a community she loves.

Trapp has a deep background in medicine, and prior to working for Compass, worked out of town.

“I felt like this (working for Compass) opportunity came about at a time when I was ready for a professional change. I was ready for a new challenge and I was not disappointed. This has been the best thing I’ve done in quite a long time,” Trapp said. “This path has taught me what it means to serve your community; it’s one thing to have a job, but when you truly work with your community, it’s very rewarding. This was a very healthy decision and it was a blessing.”

Trapp said the decision to join Compass Community Health was easy.

“I chose Compass because their priority is to serve the community; and that means all of the community, regardless of their ability to pay or circumstance,” Trapp said.

“They are here to treat everyone (medically) and that’s done with the utmost respect and providing the best care they could provide.”

Sometimes, medical issues arise without warning. Trapp wants people to know Compass Community Health is equipped to help people through those types of issues, big or small.

“Healthcare is not a cookie cutter business, each person is unique and you’ve got to learn how to define a care plan (to people seeking treatment) that’s just as unique as they are” Trapp said.

When asked if there were such a thing as a typical day for her, Trapp said no.

“I think that’s part of the adventure. It’s not a standard, come in a do the same thing over and over again, job. You do have routine things you would normally do in a day, but you just never know when you’re going to get those worked in,” Trapp explained.

Mahatma Gandhi was once quoted saying, “you must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Trapp said Compass Community Health works to enact that quote in everything they do.

“They (Compass) are actually doing that. They are making positive changes in the community, and when you can be a part of that, that’s an honor and a privilege,” Trapp said.

Trapp and her husband, Mark, will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in November. The couple has two kids and resides in Rosemount.

Compass has a licensed social worker on staff, an onsite pharmacy, as well as a Pediatric Occupational Therapy Department. They also have a certified application counselor on staff. Their responsibility includes assisting the community with medicaid applications or changes. They can also assist in applying for medical insurance in the marketplace and can assist with tax related Marketplace questions.

Compass Community Health is located at 1634 11th Street in Portsmouth.

The center offers extended hours on Mondays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about Compass Community Health, call 740-355-7102 or visit

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT

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