Silver City, New Mexico, January 8, 2015: On Monday, the Grant County Community Health Council will welcome two new members, Brian Cunningham and Alicia Edwards, during the group’s regular quarterly meeting at 3 p.m. in the Grant County Administration Building, 1400 Hwy 180 East.
Cunningham’s appointment marks the return of representation to the Health Council by Gila Regional Medical Center (GRMC), while Edwards will be the first person to represent Food Security and Community Resiliency sector on the Council.
Health Council Chair, Priscilla Lucero is delighted with the new influential appointments, “I think Cunningham brings great leadership to the Council, and Edwards is bringing advocacy to ensure people are served.”
As Chief Executive Officer of GRMC, Brian Cunningham believes, “the Health Council’s mission is part of the mission of our community hospital.” Both entities work to ensure a better quality of life for Grant County residents.
Cunningham adds, “My focus is to see support is provided to the Health Council, so they have the resources they need to serve the community.” He will serve on the Steering Committee that guides the endeavors of the Council.
As Executive Director of The Volunteer Center of Grant County, Edwards sees her role on the Health Council as “expanding community awareness and action around our economic challenges.”
According to Edwards, the new sector she represents for Food Security and Community Resiliency is definitely needed, “In Grant County, 50 percent of residents are living at or below the threshold for basic economic security. There isn’t anything resilient about our community if we are suffering economically.”
Edwards hopes by participating on the Health Council, she can better reach policy-makers to turn around those statistics and bring prosperity to more Grant County residents.
Health Council Coordinator, Chris Debolt says the new sector is a much needed addition to the Council, “Hunger is a huge issue in Grant County, and Edwards will help the Council better address this immediate and serious problem.”
The Health Council is composed of 30 members appointed by the Grant County Board of Commissioners. The Council is the designated Health and Wellness Planning Authority for the Grant County Board of Commissioners and supported by Gila Regional Medical Center.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:27