Health fair offered as part of summit

Oct 7, 2014
In The News

The Carolinas Chapter of the National Diversity Council (NDC Carolinas) will hold a free, public community health fair from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the Greenville Convention Center.

The health fair will be held concurrently with the council’s inaugural Health care Diversity Summit.

“Our Greenville volunteer leaders felt that just educating health care providers would limit how much of an impact our Health Care Diversity Summit could have on communities in eastern North Carolina, so the health fair is a first for our organization,” NDC manager Brian Richards said.

The first 200 guests at the community health fair will receive free bags with gifts and information on local organizations and staying healthy, officials said.

Members of the community can learn about this year’s focus on preventative health care and visit resource booths to talk and ask questions face to face regarding free or discounted clinics in the area, higher education in health care, health care systems and insurance options, event organizers said.

There also will be free non-invasive screenings, literature in English and Spanish, and educational video games.

“We will provide a variety of free health care and information services to anyone in the community who decides to join us,” Richards said. “We believe that through empowering both community members and health care providers, we can more quickly and effectively become a healthier state where everyone is treated more fairly regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age or income.”

Sponsors include Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C.; National Healthcare Council; Carolinas HealthCare Systems; Aerotek; East Carolina University; Snyder’s-Lance; Pitt Community College and Women with Know How.

The summits, which require a $50 advance registration, are part of a larger effort to promote appreciation for diversity and inclusion specific to the health care industry and a forum for leaders in local areas to share their knowledge and best practices, organization officials said.

Today’s summit will kick off with introductions made by the U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. An open discussion will then begin among diverse leaders within the state’s health care industry, including insurance agencies, medical centers, higher education centers and pharmaceuticals companies, This year’s theme will be the need for and impact of cultural competency and poverty on our health care system.

Panelists can engage in interactive dialogue and action with the executives, administrators, nonprofit, and management in the health care field on the importance and impact of diversity and leadership best practices from a variety of perspectives.

Speakers at today’s summit include Jan King Robinson, vice president of operations for Sentara Albemarle Medical Center; Dr. James Taylor, vice president and chief diversity officer of Carolinas Healthcare System; Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor of student affairs at East Carolina University; Al Sullivan, president of Inspirus Consulting; and Joan D. Wynn, chief quality and patient safety officer at Vidant Health.