Creating healthier communities isn’t always easy. Oftentimes, community coalitions and public health advocates must acknowledge factors that are sometimes easily overlooked, such as historical influences, unconscious biases, cultural traditions.
That’s why this year’s Leadership Summit for Healthy Communities + Youth Edition is focusing on historical and cultural influences that impact perceptions on healthy eating, active living, and health. This annual event is also focusing on the importance of cross-collaboration between community coalitions and youth advocates. Youth may just be the key to unlocking local initiative success!
The Summit provides community coalitions, public health partners, and youth advocates with proven and sustainable approaches that lead to increased access to healthy choices for all people. From farmers’ markets and community gardens to transportation and disability inclusion, the Summit provides insight and inspiration for increasing access to healthy food and safe places for physical activity.
Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) will be the keynote speaker for this powerfilled event. For centuries, the Gullah/Geechee people have endured inequities and unfair treatment that have negatively impacted their quality of life. Queen Quet will present on how her people live an active life that supports overall healthy living. The traditional Gullah/Geechee lifestyle has led to many natives of the Sea Islands living into their 90s and 100s and still being viable active members of the community. She will tell you how public health advocates and community coalitions can work with the Gullah/Geechee people to increase access to healthy eating and active living resources and improve health outcomes.