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CFAC Spotlight: Clear and Constructive Voices Summit

Several local Consumer and Family Advisory Council members from across Cardinal Innovations’ region met recently for the Clear and Constructive Voices Summit, a unique opportunity for CFAC members from all six regional groups to come together, learn from each other, and develop a vision for moving forward. 

The summit was part of a project to evaluate our current member and family engagement approach and develop a plan enabling individuals and family members to advocate effectively and to provide stakeholder feedback that is constructive and can lead to action.

Three Cardinal Innovations staff members and 20 CFAC members attended. Cardinal Innovations CEO Trey Sutten made opening remarks and Cardinal Innovations Board of Directors Vice-Chairman Carmen Odom also attended in support of CFAC members.

“(Summit Organizer Kelly Friedlander) has submitted her Plan of Action Report to CFAC members and we are currently meeting in subcommittees developing a strategic working strategy,” said Bob Crayton, a member of the Executive CFAC as well as the Alamance-Caswell CFAC.
 
Members of the Consumer and Family Advisory Committee recognize service gaps, make suggestions for services, note underserved groups, and discuss community service issues.

Each county in Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s service area is represented by a regional CFAC group. Here are their updates:

Alamance-Caswell CFAC – The Alamance-Caswell CFAC celebrated IDD Awareness Month with guest speaker Mo Peterson from Alamance Academy, LLC. She shared her story of her son’s journey. Also, in observance of TBI Awareness Month, Alamance-Caswell CFAC member Jeannie Irby shard the story of her son Zack’s journey. The Alamance-Caswell CFAC meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every other month at the Alamance-Caswell Community Office, 2929 Crouse Lane, Suite B, Burlington, N.C. The next meeting will be on May 22.

Executive CFAC – Cardinal Innovations’ Executive CFAC includes three representatives from each of the community CFACs. The group meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every other month at Woodbury Park, 2929 Crouse Lane, Suite B, Burlington, N.C. The next meeting will be on April 26.

Triad CFAC – The Triad CFAC includes members and their family members from Forsyth, Davie, Stokes and Rockingham counties. The Triad CFAC meets on the second Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Triad Community Office, 4045 University Parkway, Winston-Salem, N.C. The next meeting will be on May 14.

Piedmont CFAC – This CFAC is comprised of members and their families from Cabarrus, Davidson, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties. This CFAC meets on the third Tuesday of every other month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cabarrus County Public Library, 27 Union St. N., Concord, N.C. The next meeting will be on May 15.

Mecklenburg CFAC – Meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every other month at Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, N.C. The next meeting will be on May 17.

The OPC CFAC represents Orange, Person and Chatham counties. It meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of every other month at the OPC Community Office, 201 Sage Road, Suite 300, Chapel Hill, N.C. The next meeting will be on May 17.

Five County CFAC represents Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Vance and Warren counties and meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every other month at the Vance Granville Community College, 210 West Ridgeway St., Warrenton, N.C. The next meeting will be on April 10. This is the rescheduled date for the March meeting that was cancelled due to snow. The Five County CFAC is planning its third annual Mental Health Awareness Day from noon to 4 p.m. May 19 at the Armory Civic Center in Warrenton, N.C. The event will be open to the public and will include information from service providers.

If you would like to contact one of your local CFACs to provide input regarding services, service gaps or any other issue, email: memberquestions@cardinalinnovations.org​.
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