Rural faith communities see the everyday connections between individual health and economic vitality. You see in your food banks those whose lack of access to healthy, affordable diets result in obesity or diabetes; you see it in the exploding rates of opioid and heroin addiction – all conditions that wound those with diminished hope to thrive economically.
The faith community makes a difference. Would you like to have even greater impact in your community? Then consider participating in “Growing Better Together: Rural Health and Economic Development” – the theme of this year’s Rural Assembly sponsored by the North Carolina Rural Center to be held September 26 and 27th at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary.
In recognition of the essential and growing partnership role the rural faith community plays in advancing health and community economic well-being, the center’s offers a $25 discount for registration. We deeply value your community leadership.
To take advantage of this offer you need to register directly with Tracie McIver, Executive Assistant to Rural Center President, Patrick Woodie. Tracie can be reached at 919-250-4314.
The Rural Assembly’s agenda is designed to give practical support to leaders like you. You can review our agenda here. Of special note is a presentation by the Rev. Gary Gunderson, of Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, whose FaithHealthNC is linking the power of congregations to health transformation. We also have sessions on practical strategies to advance behavioral health coordination; practical strategies to having a healthier workforce, and on preparing a rural workforce to take on well paying health career jobs. The day will close out with a terrific presentation on how the Danville Regional Foundation, a health-care conversion foundation, is systematically confronting both health and economic development challenges at the regional level.
There will be a lot to learn – and a lot to learn from each other! Come join us and be part of the great conversation.
– from Jason Gray, Senior Research and Policy Fellow at the NC Rural Center