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SELMA - Regional Brochure Launch
The Selma/Blackbelt Sites will host a community event on Sunday, August 23, at 4:00 PM via Zoom to celebrate and publicize a brochure that features all of the Selma/Blackbelt sites. Dr. Verdell Lett Dawson of Historic Tabernacle Baptist Church Selma was responsible for that grant that was funded by the Blackbelt Community Foundation. One of the stipulations was that a community event would be held to make the public aware of the grant and its purpose. Invitations will be sent to stakeholders and others containing the Zoom link and access details.
WHEN: Sunday, August 23, 2020
TIME: 4:00 PM
Fruit & Vegetable Webinar Series, August 26th 10:00 am-11:00 am- Topic: “Strawberry Row Cover Management”- Pre-registration link:
(Once you pre-register, you will receive a Zoom link to attend. There is no event
on Aug 12, so do not choose the option. Save the confirmation email for attending
Get Fit Selma! 2020 Announces Webinar Series in place of In-Person Festival
Saturday, August 29, 2020, September 12, 2020, and September 19, 2020
Title Sponsors Sarrell Dental & Eye and Dentaquest Corporation Sponsor Three Webinars
In March, the Get Fit Selma! Planning Committee made the decision to cancel its 8th Annual Health & Wellness Festival due to COVID-19. However, lead medical professionals, Cassandra Ford, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, and Janice Parker, CRNP, MS, DNP-BC, have created a webinar series to be presented August 29, September 12 and September 19,, 2020 with the goal of providing virtual support to the public concerning coronavirus and health and wellness during this pandemic. The webinars are free but Get Fit Selma! asks everyone to register at https://mglcselma.com/gfs-2020/ so that they can track the number of views.
The three webinars have garnered the support of local health care professionals as well as those who provide demonstrations at Get Fit Selma! They will be live on the dates below and then will be available to the public on YouTube. Each Webinar deals with specific subject matter.
Saturday, August 29, 10:00 am: “Rural Healthcare Response to COVID-19, Threats & Options”
J. David McCormack, MBA, CEO Vaughan Regional Medical Center
Justine Maxwell, DrPH, MPH, Epidemiology, Tennessee Department of Health
“Rural Healthcare Response to COVID-19, Threats & Options”
David McCormack, MBA, CEO Vaughan Regional Medical Center and Justine Maxwell, DrPH, MPH, Epidemiology, Tennessee Department of Health, will partner on a webinar this Saturday, produced by Get Fit Selma! 2020, with the support of the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Inc. and sponsored by Sarrell Dental & Eye and DentaQuest Corporation. They will speak to the challenges faced by rural healthcare in a pandemic and answer questions about what individuals can do to protect their own health and that of their families.
Residents can sign in to the Webinar via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87312711606 Passcode 2020. Or they can call in at: (301) 715-8592; Meeting ID: 873 1271 1606; Passcode: 2020.
David McCormack has made his name among healthcare providers in Selma and Dallas County as an advocate for access to healthcare. He has been the CEO of Vaughan Regional Medical Center since 2016 and lauds the medical professionals at Vaughan for their self-sacrifice and service.
McCormack sees challenges as opportunities; articulates clear vision; and secures buy-in for strategic plans from key stakeholders throughout the organization. He is a high-energy, hands-on leader known for making rounds throughout the hospital to solve issues in real-time and establish relationships from the ER to the C-suite. McCormack received his BA in Accounting at Auburn University and his MBA at Florida Atlantic University in Accounting and Business Management.
Dr. Maxwell is from Selma, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Leroy Maxwell. She is an epidemiologist by training and serves as an Informatician with the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) Office of Informatics and Analytics. In this role, she leads the strategic public health reporting and informatics unit supporting department-wide public health information system interoperability, cross-cutting informatics projects, and Tennessee’s drug overdose reporting program. Prior to this position, Dr. Maxwell served as an Epidemiologist within TDH’s Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness division.
Dr. Maxwell holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University, a Master of Public Health and a Graduate Certificate in Health Information Technology from George Washington University, and a Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Kentucky. She is currently a PhD student in Health Informatics, Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Saturday, September 12, 10:00 am: “Type II Diabetes, Related Conditions & COVID-19”
Letevia Herlong, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Rural Health Medical Program, Inc.
Saturday, September 19, 10:00 am: “Eating Well, Staying Healthy in a Pandemic”
Ellen McKnight, MPA & Principal, The Maxine Firm, Inc.
Technology will be provided by the Aplastic Anemia MDS International Foundation, Inc. (AAMDS.org) with the expertise of Julie Powers, Senior Director of Patient Advocacy at the Foundation.
We are grateful to AAMDS as well as to additional sponsors: Vaughan Regional Medical Center, Rural Health Medical Program, Inc., The Maxine Firm, Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, Inc., EyeMax Vision Care, and Family Footcare.
Registration and updates at: https://mglcselma.com/gfs-2020/