“We hope people who live, work, play, worship and learn in Lee County will attend. They know their community and their county best, including the great things already in place and working and the areas where there are still needs. We appreciate very much those who have met in the past, developing the community health assessment, and hope that they and others will commit to work to address the greatest priorities identified by and in the community,” said Sue Cantrell, M.D., director, LENOWISCO Health District.
“To consider the factors affecting the well-being of an area, it may be helpful to think of the steps that an individual addressing health and related issues might consider -- such as what is my first priority in my personal health improvement plan, what have I tried before and how did that work, what else could I try and what do I need to try that something new, and so on,” Dr. Cantrell continued. “Naturally, to do so as a coalition involves partnering not only with other coalitions but also with agencies, faith based communities, schools, businesses, civic organizations and other groups and residents of Lee County. We look forward to working with others, addressing important issues to Lee County.”
According to the data from the 2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps substance abuse, chronic disease, obesity and diabetes are all issues for Lee County and for the LENOWISCO Health District.
“Unfortunately, Lee County and the LENOWISCO Health District are not alone in struggling with these health challenges but we can make a difference if we all work together,” concluded Dr. Cantrell. “It is our hope that, in developing this new coalition, we will find strength in the collaboration, moving our area forward toward improved well-being.”
If you are interested in attending or want more information, contact District Health Educators Dan Hunsucker at 276-386-1312 or Daniel.Hunsucker@vdh.virginia.gov, or Nora Murphy at 276-328-1915 or Nora.Murphy@vdh.virginia.gov.