Several agencies, nonprofit organizations, health providers, educators and faith-based ministries are combining their efforts to provide support for residents physically, mentally, financially and spiritually.
The Davidson County Whole Person Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12 at the Rittling Conference Center at Davidson County Community College. The event is free, but registration is required.
Interested parties can register at www.eventbrite.com search the keywords Whole Person. Registration is limited.
This first-of-its-kind conference in Davidson County is promoting overall wellness by focusing on four areas of personal health. Local professionals will give presentations on each of these areas and help teach practical ways to build a healthier person.
Karina Camp, community engagement manager at Davidson County Medical Ministries, said the organization is participating in the event because all the subject matter being address has an impact on the individual.
‚ÄúIt is unique because it is addressing the four main areas of personal health,‚ÄĚ Camp said. ‚ÄúThe biggest component is bringing a holistic approach to a healthier person. ‚Ä¶ We know these areas are intertwined with every other area in a person‚Äôs life.‚ÄĚ
She said what makes this conference unique is that it isn‚Äôt tied down to just one subject, but freely embraces how different areas are related to each other.
‚ÄúWe have all been to different conferences on a certain subject or a health fair, but we have never seen all of these components come together like this in Davidson County,‚ÄĚ Camp said. ‚ÄúIt is important because as agencies, we all fit together.‚ÄĚ
Miriam Esquivel, senior housing counselor and program manager at the Lexington Housing Community Development Corporation, said the organization wanted to participate to provide information
‚ÄúIt is great opportunity to get support for those four pieces of personal health,‚ÄĚ Esquivel said. ‚ÄúA lot of people don‚Äôt realize it is vitally important to take care of all parts of your health. Loss of income can cause stress which can impact your health and make you question your faith. It is all connected.‚ÄĚ
Esquivel said that she is looking forward to explaining how Lexington Housing CDC serves the community and to clarifying misconceptions about the organization.
‚ÄúPart of our mission is to educate the community about who we are and what we do,‚ÄĚ Esquivel said. ‚ÄúWe assist in all aspects of homeownership, whether is it financial planning, workshops, urgent repair or foreclosure prevention. We want to give residents financial and housing opportunity to become stable homeowners.‚ÄĚ
Participating agencies include Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, Davidson County Community College, Single Stop at DCCC, Novant Health, Davidson County Medical Ministries/Davidson County Health Services, Davidson County Health Department, Lexington Community Ministers Conference, North Carolina Department of Insurance Seniors‚Äô Health Insurance Information Program and Lexington Housing CDC.
Speakers include Dr. Rhonda Coats, vice president of student affairs at Davidson County Community College; Lillian Koontz, director of the Davidson County Health Department; Tim Tilley, a licensed marriage and family therapist; Ashley Meyer, therapist and advocate from Family Services of Davidson County; Dr. Meryl Snow, medical director at Davidson Medical Ministries/Davidson Health Services; Rev. Judy Richardson, fifth-grade teacher at Lexington City Schools; and John Hart, instructor at Davidson County Community College.
Camp said the conference is intended to reach Davidson County residents on all socioeconomic levels, backgrounds, and walks of life.
‚ÄúWe are very excited to be participating,‚ÄĚ Camp said. ‚ÄúThere will be some wonderful speakers that can help people with becoming healthy in all aspects.‚ÄĚ
Esquivel said Lexington Housing CDC is pleased to be involved in a new and unique conference that addresses a variety of issues.
‚ÄúThere are a lot of great people and organizations involved,‚ÄĚ Esquivel said. ‚ÄúResidents get to experience a conference where there are different opportunities and to understand how everyone is connected. We want our community to make the best of all the resources available.‚ÄĚ
Sharon Myers can be reached at (336) 249-3981, ext. 228, or at [email protected] Follow Sharon on Twitter: @LexDispatchSM