What prompted you to join Southside Wellness Coalition? A good friend, Kelly Colgate was involved and talked to me about all the wonderful things the Coalition was doing for area youth and regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences. She invited me to my first meeting and I joined the organization a few months later. What do you…

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What prompted you to join Southside Wellness Coalition? I have a passion for the youth in my community along with mental health awareness and preventing substance abuse. It was a win-win for me! What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest challenges? Getting others to want to be involved. What do you consider…

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Shavonda Stith

What prompted you to join Southside Wellness Coalition? I was prompted to join the coalition when I was chaperoning a group of high school students to a YADAPP (Youth Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Project) Conference and the coalition assisted with funding to be able to attend. The support received by the coalition definitely gave…

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What prompted you to join Southside Wellness Coalition? The Southside Wellness Coalition provides me a direct instrument to effect change for the better in the lives of some of our most disenfranchised community members – those battling the issues of substance misuse. What do you consider to be one of Southside’s biggest challenges? We are…

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ann bishop

What prompted you to join Southside Wellness Coalition? I became interested in the Southside Wellness Coalition’s work to address the opioid epidemic in 2018 because my job at the time, as Director of the Southside VA Area Health Education Center, included efforts to educate the public and healthcare providers about the impact of opioid abuse.…

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