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New Chairperson Announced at 14th Annual Meeting of Healthy Savannah
Since its inception, Healthy Savannah has cultivated partnerships with more than 200 businesses, nonprofits, faith- and community-based organizations, schools, and healthcare and government agencies to develop policies and improve environments to assist people in making healthier choices.
In recognizing those partnerships, Healthy Savannah presented its 2021 Health Innovation Award to the Savannah H.O.P.E. Photovoice Project which identifies social, cultural and physical barriers that discourage breastfeeding while also identifying opportunities to remove them.
"I'd like to thank the moms who took the time to tell us their stories and invite us into their lives, especially in a pandemic," said Nandi A. Marshall, DrPh, MPH, CHES, the project's developer. "I want to encourage your support of breastfeeding and chestfeeding support policies in the community and workplace."
Marshall also acknowledged the contributions of Healthy Savannah, the Chatham County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control in nurturing the Photovoice Project, as well as her graduate assistant, Christina Cook.
Nominees for the Health Innovation Award who were also recognized for their contributions to Healthy Savannah included Center Parc Credit Union's Community Gardens program, Enmarket's Encourage Health Series, the Humane Society for Greater Savannah and the Teenish Podcast.
Jovan Sage served as keynote speaker for the event. As the Alchemist behind Sage's Larder, Sage guides people to find their own resiliency through food, herbal tea, plants, and energetic practice.
The annual event also afforded the opportunity for outgoing chair Randy McCall, Ph.D., to hand over the gavel to the incoming chairperson, Lillian Grant-Baptiste.
Grant-Baptiste has most recently served as vice-chair of Healthy Savannah's Board of Directors and as committee chair of the organization's Faith and Health Coalition.
In addition to its new chairperson, members of Healthy Savannah unanimously affirmed new executive Board members Blake Caldwell, Nick Deffley and Dr. Thomas Bullock. The group also recognized retiring members for their service to the organization and welcomed new members.
"COVID didn't stop us," said Paula Kreissler, executive director. "We are still connected, still inspiring and always growing."
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