By: Valerie Crow, Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH), in partnership with the Live Healthy Douglas Coalition (LHD) and the Douglas County School System, hosted the 18th annual Power in Truth (PIT) conference on Tuesday, October 16.
The conference was held at the First Baptist Church of Douglasville and featured workshops designed to empower Douglas County middle and high school students to overcome negative influences, avoid high risk behaviors, and make informed decisions regarding their health. Students were selected by the school system to attend the free event which counted as a field trip.
“Over thirty community organizations rallied to provide this opportunity for students to actively engage in their personal development. We hope the youth will share the information they gained with their peers and serve as change agents in the community,” said CDPH’s Policy and Planning Specialist Jazmyn Mccloud, MPH, CHES.
Keynote speaker Casey M. Bethel, a scientist and award-winning teacher receiving the 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year award, spoke to more than 500 attendees about the power of making the right decisions and being your strongest motivator and advocate. “Life is a journey, but the journey will only take you to the destination that you put in,” he said.
Community partners interested in sponsoring the annual Power in Truth conference can contact Jazmyn McCloud at (770) 319-4716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Cobb & Douglas Public Health
Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been committed to the mission of “Healthier Lives. Healthier Community.” since 1920. We are dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety, providing exceptional medical services, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org.
About Live Healthy Douglas
Live Healthy Douglas is a partnership of community organizations and individuals that contribute to the delivery of essential health services in Douglas County. Together, through a strategic process called Mobilizing Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), Live Healthy Douglas has assessed the current health status of the county and developed a Community Health Improvement Plan.