2018-02-14 / Other News

Partnership for Health hosts community health forum

The Early County Partnership for Health hosted a forum Jan. 25 with a diverse group of over 30 community members present to learn the results of the community health assessment. The group used the information to prioritize issues they will address to improve quality of life among Early County residents.

Led by Horizons Community Solutions, the community health assessment and forum are part of a statewide effort, known as The Two Georgias Initiative, sponsored by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation. Early County was one of 11 counties awarded grants to plan and implement community health improvement plans.

Horizons chose Early County because of its higher than average death rates from cancer and other chronic diseases. Horizons is working closely with Early County Family Connection, local healthcare organizations, the school district, faith community and others to develop and implement the health improvement plan.

“Our goal is to create the healthiest Early County for all of our citizens,” Gwen Houston, executive director of the Early County Family Connection, said. Houston also serves as chair of the Early County Partnership for Health.

“The conditions in which people live, work, and play are influential in determining the health and wellbeing of our community, so we are looking at health through a more wholistic lens,” Houston added.

Kimberly Scott, vice president of Community Health at Horizons stated, “the overall goal of the Two Georgias Initiative is to improve health equity in rural communities, making sure everyone, regardless of education, income or social standing, has opportunities that will improve quality of life for them and their families.”

Partnership member, Brooks Carter, added, “We already have some excellent programs in Early County. However, not everyone is aware of these services, and how they can help them and their families.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the effort should call Gwen Houston, Early County Family Connection at 723-5122.

A follow up session to the Jan. 25 Early County Partnership for Health Community Forum is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 15 at the Family Connection Learning Center from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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