Living. Growing. Prospering.
Douglasville, Georgia - Douglas County Chairman Dr. Romona Jackson Jones spoke to hundreds of youth attending the 18th Annual Power in Truth (PIT) Conference sponsored by Live Healthy Douglas in partnership with the Douglas County Board of Health, Douglas County School System, Douglas Health Futures Foundation, and nearly 30 local agencies and volunteers.
Dr. Jones addressed the students after Douglas County Science teacher, and motivational speaker Casey Bethel inspired the group through a presentation that they can overcome any obstacles that come their way. Speaking at the free day-long leadership development conference that empowers Douglas County youth to avoid high-risk behaviors, and overcome negative influences, Chairman Jones addressed the crowd with a statement from world-renowned pastor T.D. Jakes, "A setback is a set up for a comeback."
The conference was held at the First Baptist Church Douglasville and included workshops to encourage youth about making informed decisions regarding their health. "No matter what age you are, I'm thrilled to be in a position that I could be encouraging living a healthy lifestyle to the next generation," Chairman Jones said.
"More than 500 middle school and high school teens from over 14 Douglas County schools attended the conference," said Nicole R. Turner, Youth Development Coordinator of Cobb and Douglas Public Health.
In 2017, the Power In Truth Conference was selected as a national model practice by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) for its exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local public health need.