HHS faculty join with faith community for health outreach
Article by Lanita Withers Goins
Faculty from the UNCG School of Health and Human Services will partner with Odell Cleveland, the chief administrative officer of Mount Zion Baptist Church, for the Healthcare Faith Community Summit Thursday, Nov. 14.
The event, which will start at 7:45 a.m., will to bring together faith leaders, health professionals, educators and nonprofit health providers to focus on health care issues facing the Greensboro community and to explore what can be done to tackle them.
The free event, to be held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1301 Alamance Church Road in Greensboro, is open to the public. Interested participants are asked to register online to attend.
“The summit is an effort to bring people from the medical, faith and educational systems closer together in a day of learning about how all can support better health for the entire community,” said Bob Wineburg, the Jefferson Pilot Excellence Professor in the UNCG Department of Social Work.
“The summit is the most important conversation about the future of the community’s health this year,” added Vincent Francisco, an associate professor in the UNCG Department of Public Health Education. “Everyone in the community has a part to play in our health, and this summit will determine the next steps for us all.”
Odell also serves as an adjunct professor of community engagement in the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences.
The conference’s featured sessions will include a look at the state of the community’s well being, faith-based congregational health care programs and a primer on the federal Affordable Care Act.