04/06/20: This is an introduction to one of our partners, Pender County Health Department. The Health Department in Pender County provides an invaluable service to our community. They promote health and disease prevention and public health education to a multitude of organizations including the Empowering Youth and Families Program. In this blog, we will be introducing the education facilitators from the Health Department and their role in our organization. We couldn’t do it without them!
One of the health department’s 10 Essential Services of Public Health is to inform, educate and empower people about health issues.
Meet Monique Travise. She is an Ohio native but has lived in Southeastern North Carolina since early childhood. Monique currently works for Pender County Health Department as a Public Health Educator. She says the best part of her job is the many kinds of people she gets the opportunity to meet and teach in her community. As part of the many partnerships at the Health Department, she has a close relationship to their very own NC Cooperative Extension Agency. Because of this partnership, she has had the opportunity to be trained and teach the Empowering Youth and Empowering Families program (EYFP)! As part of her responsibility for EYFP, Monique teaches the caregivers easy, applicable, and useful skills that allow them to be better communicators, in hopes, to ultimately lead into building a more resilient family which will then lead to building more resilient communities. She supports this program because we know how important it is for families to gain these communication and resiliency skills, so they are better equipped to bounce back from the toughest of experiences. When we see more people who are armed with effective coping mechanisms, who are listened to, and who are validated; we will start to see a larger number of people who become “resilient” to traumatic situations/experiences eventually creating a community that is understood and able to take on any of life’s challenges.
Here is another invaluable EYFP facilitator. Kerrie Timmerman. She is the Substance Use Prevention Health Educator at the Pender County Health Department. Kerrie is a graduate from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, majoring in Public Health Studies, with a concentration in Community Health Education. She has been with the Health Department for two years and has fallen in love with the Pender County community. She is mainly a facilitator of the caregivers’ sessions. Kerrie teaches lots of classes in the community through the Health Department, but EYFP is becoming one of her favorites! Kerrie states, “EYFP has allowed me to educate and bring awareness to topics I am really passionate about and haven’t had the chance to teach before now- it’s been amazing to watch the program and community events blossom these last couple months. I am so grateful to be a part of this team!”
Let’s introduce another one of our facilitators from the Health Department, Jessica Chewning. She is a Public Health Nurse and Diabetes Educator. She graduated from Lander University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and received her BSN from Francis Marion University. She has experience teaching high school science and inpatient oncology nursing . She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She has a very positive outlook and is excited about continuing as an EYFP facilitator.