CFAC Spotlight: Five County

Five County Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (CFAC) Chairperson Angelena Kearney-Dunlap said she got involved with CFAC because of the youngest of her 10 siblings, Donnie, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at about 20 years old.

“Having experienced her total personality change, I wanted to better understand what she was going through,” Kearney-Dunlap said. “When Cynthia Fenner, a Cardinal Innovations employee, invited me to join the local CFAC, I thought it was the perfect way to enhance my understanding of my sister’s condition.”

Kearney-Dunlap was a CFAC member for a year and half long term and then helped find a replacement for herself when she stepped down in 2003-04. She later rejoined CFAC to get her sister more involved in it.
“I wanted my sister to step out of her comfort zone and become more social, so I encouraged her to become a CFAC member. She agreed only if I would accompany her to the meetings,” she said. 

They both joined together in 2012 and after serving for one year as a member, Kearney-Dunlap was appointed chairperson of the Five County CFAC.

“My sister Donnie really benefited from her two-year membership. She became Peer Support Certified and attended several conferences with me, never venturing further than Raleigh if travel included an overnight stay. Donnie admired Shirley Robinson-Flood, part of Cardinal Innovation’s Community Outreach team, for her overcoming spirit and life story.”

Donnie passed away May 2012 at the age of 58 but her legacy lives on, Kearney-Dunlap said. “CFAC was instrumental in her blossoming socially and gave her the opportunity to know she was not alone in her personal challenge with bipolar disorder.”

Because of her service to the local CFAC, Kearney-Dunlap was designated to represent the Five County CFAC (Warren, Franklin, Vance, Granville and Halifax counties) on the Executive CFAC. 

“My involvement with the Executive CFAC has been an eye opener on several levels,” she said. “I have a much better understanding of what it takes to provide a regional response to the varied needs of those that look to Cardinal Innovations to administer programs and services, making sure that everyone has equal access to resources they need and ensure it’s within their reach. What a challenge!”

As chairperson, Kearney-Dunlap credits any success she’s had to the Five County CFAC membership. She said any “success I have experienced is because of the committed members of the Five County CFAC. They play a vital part in the CFAC’s influence in the community, we look forward to even greater community involvement in 2018.”

The Five County CFAC, which meets in Warrenton, N.C., at the Vance is in the process of planning its 3rd annual Mental Health Awareness Day. Kearney-Dunlap said the tentative date is May 12 at the Armory Civic Center in Warrenton, N.C. The event will be open to the public and will include information from service providers.

Other CFAC Updates:
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 February 22.

Alamance-Caswell CFAC – 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 meet will be on March 27.

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 meet will be on March 15.

OPC CFAC – 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 March 8.  

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 March 20.

Triad CFAC – The Triad CFAC member Terry Cox, who works as a Peer Support Specialist, was recently appointed to the Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Board of Directors representing Forsyth County. 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 March 12.

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