League of Women Voters’ Kickoff Program on Health Needs in Amarillo
League Kickoff Program on Health Needs in Amarillo
The 2018 community health assessment for Amarillo will be the subject of the League of Women Voters’ fall kick-off lunch program this Wednesday, September 11, and you’re invited! It will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Dyer’s Barbecue in Wellington Square at I-40 and Georgia, and attendees will order individually from the menu.
Guest speaker will be Mary Coyne, who operates MCMC advertising/PR firm and AscentHealth Consulting, which conducted the health needs assessment. The study covered many health topics, including women’s health and maternal and infant mortality, which will be the primary focus of her presentation. The Amarillo League adopted maternal mortality as its local study issue for this year.
Mary, a longtime executive with McCormick Advertising (before it sold in 2015), partnered with Matt Richardson, DrPH, in 2014 to form a public health research firm, AscentHealth Consulting. At the time, Dr. Richardson was Amarillo’s public health director; he is now the public health director in Denton County. During her career at McCormick, Mary had served several public health efforts, including Tobacco Free Amarillo, and believes in the power of data and public education to provide better health outcomes.
Membership in the League is open to anyone 16 or older who wants to learn about issues, candidates and the democratic process, and who wants to make a difference in our community, said Sonya Letson, LWV president. The League does not support or oppose any political party or candidate.
“We are working to promote informed, active citizenship in a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate,” she added.
We invite everyone interested to attend our program Wednesday!
Lou Ann Garrett
LWV publicity chair