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By AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Twin Counties Partnership for Healthier Communities will host a health summit from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 26.

The event will be held at the Booker T. Theater on E. Thomas Street in Rocky Mount. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and a light meal will be provided. The event is free  to residents of Nash and Edgecombe counties. Interested participants can register at tinyurl.com/HealthSummit17 or by calling 252.972.6958. The first 50 participants at the event will receive a free water bottle, and those who pre-register will be included in special door prize drawings.

“During the summit, we will engage in conversation with community members to increase our understanding of the health issues identified in recent surveys and to hear your thoughts on how we can continue to support health and wellness in our communities,” Rebecca Copeland, Twin Counties Partnership coordinator said in a press release about the event.

The Twin Counties Partnership for Healthier Communities conducted a survey in the spring in which more than 300 residents across Nash and Edgecombe counties participated. Residents expressed their opinions on quality of life issues in the community and what type of health improvement programs they felt were important. They also responded to questions concerning nutrition, physical activity and access to health care.

The Twin Counties Health Summit will focus on those issues and others, including crime and safety, opportunities for youth and mental health resources.

The Twin Counties Partnership for Healthier Communities is a network of agencies committed to improving health and wellness of r Twin Counties residents. Both the Community Health Survey and Twin Counties Health Summit are supported by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, with additional support for the Summit provided by the City of Rocky Mount, Area L AHEC, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, Nash UNC Health Care Foundation, and the UNC-CH North Carolina Institute for Public Health.

For more information, contact Copeland at (252) 962-6208 or at twcpartnership01@gmail.com.

Note: This story has been updated to include new information.

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