On October 21, 2009, Community Health Works convened more than 100 community leaders representing the top minds in health care and health policy, local government, the K-12 school districts, the faith-based community and various civic organizations and groups from across the entire central Georgia region at the first annual Central Georgia Regional Health Summit. Building off of the success of the first Health Summit and a year’s worth of community action planning, we were able to provide targeted health information and resources to more than 175 community members at the second annual Health Summit held November 9, 2010.
The purpose of the annual Health Summits is to bring together community members to discuss the impact that unhealthy behaviors have on our community, with a primary focus on the prevalence of obesity and related chronic diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. These events give community members from seven central Georgia counties—Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, and Twiggs—the opportunity to discuss county-specific health issues, and to identify community resources (i.e. knowledge, expertise, community outreach, infrastructure, etc.) that could be utilized to continue improving the health of local residents.