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Executive Director of White House Office to give the Keynote Address at Faith Community Healthcare Summit

Posted on Sunday, December 15th, 2013 by CommunityEngagement.
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This Thursday, November 14th, leaders from the academic, healthcare, and faith communities will come together at the Faith Community Health Summit to focus on healthcare issues facing the Greensboro community and to explore what can be done to tackle them.

The Summit’s Plenary Keynote Speaker has just been announced as Melissa Rogers, Special Assistant to the President of the United States and Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The United States has a long tradition of the Faith Community working hand-in-hand with the Health Care System, dating back to the Revolutionary War when Philadelphia’s religious community aided wounded Continental Army Soldiers. Our speaker, Melissa Rogers, will launch our Summit with remarks that will outline why the Healthcare Faith Summit continues that long American tradition of faith and health community partnerships. Melissa knows the Triad Region well, having previously served as former Director of the Wake Forest School of Divinity Center for Religion and Public Affairs.

The Guilford County Health Care Faith Summit is part of the UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences’ Community Engaged Scholarly Activities. It is led by Dr.Bob Wineburg of the Social Work Department, Dr.Vincent Francisco, Public Health Education, and Reverend Odell Cleveland, Chief Administrative Officer of Mount Zion Baptist Church, and Adjunct Professor of Community Engagement in HHS.

For details about the summit and a complete list of sessions, including how to register, www.faith-communityhealth.org.

Health Care Faith Summit Values’ Statement: We all believe that three disconnected systems can be connected to bring about better health for the poor. As a school devoted to health and human science and community engagement, we are positioned to bring these systems together. Mount Zion, as a church dedicated to serving the least of these through faith and faith-works can partner with UNCG’s School of Health and Human Sciences to connect these systems.

A live Twitter chat will take place during the event using the hashtags #faithcommunityhealth and #faithhealthsummitNC. This live tweeting will be facilitated by Lisa Fields who has presented her work at the tweetchat and professional development, at Stanford Medical School. Her work has also been recognized by the Mayo Clinic, Einstein College of Medicine, TEDMED, and Mr. Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence.

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