taking action

Health Summit

Join The Health Collaborative for our annual Health Summit! This year we're focusing on the connection between public health and civic health. We will be joined by several guest speakers who are working to improve health in their communities by supporting resident leadership, building relationships between residents and decision makers, changing policies to promote civic engagement, and creating cultures of welcoming and belonging. The event will include several engaging concurrent sessions, community awards, and opportunities for you to shape the future work of The Health Collaborative. See the full agenda below.


All community members and policymakers, including those new to the Collaborative, are invited to join.

Tuesday, April 30th 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cottontail Weddings & Events | 600 Craghead St. Danville, VA



Event Schedule

8:30am - 9:15am

Welcome and Overview of The Health Collaborative - Why Civic Health?

9:15am - 10:45am


Plenary Panel: Civic Health in Action

10:45am - 11:00am


11:00am - 12:15pm

Concurrent Sessions - Dive Deeper with the Panelists
  • Session 1: Building Civic Capacity Through the Health Sector - Learn more about how Healthy Democracy Healthy People and Blue Ridge Literacy work with professionals in the health sector to build community capacity and promote civic engagement. Gnora and Ahoo will share how they are creating change at the individual and policy level.
  • Session 2: Connecting Residents and Decisionmakers to Build a Culture of Engagement - Learn more about how the City of Norfolk's Neighborhood Engagement Division and Monroe County Health Equity Council are building meaningful relationships between residents and local government. Jim, Jamie, and Annie will share how their organizations are supporting resident leadership and implementing more equitable processes for engagement and decision-making.

12:15pm - 1:30pm


1:30pm - 2:15pm

Breakout Groups - Planning for Action
  • Caswell County
  • Danville
  • Pittsylvania County

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Change Makers Awards Ceremony
Closing and Call to Action

This event is free, but registration is required. Save your spot today!


Now Accepting Nominations for the 2024 Change Makers Awards!

The Change Makers Award highlights and celebrates community groups or organizations that are working collaboratively and going above and beyond to improve the health and wellbeing of the Dan River Region. Winners will be announced during the Health Summit.


To qualify, efforts must impact Caswell County, City of Danville, and/or Pittsylvania County. Collaborative efforts must either be ongoing or have taken place between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023 and should reflect The Health Collaborative's values of equity, impact, and community building, while improving health and wellbeing.


The deadline for award submissions is Friday, April 12, 2024 at 5 pm. To learn more and apply, click below!

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If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Maggie Mackaman at 434-791-4273/TDD* during business hours of 8 am to 5 pm to discuss accommodations 5 days prior to the event.

*TDD number is 800-828-1120