Pictured, left to right, are J. Rudy Reinhardt, executive director HRHN; Dawn Lightsey-Zahller, TD Bank manager; Alexis Hendrix, Go Girls participant; Kelly J. Johnson, health planning director; Tiffany Crosson, Go Girls participant; Erica Douberley, health educator; and Kathy MacNeill, DMCP associate director.
TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recently donated $5,000 to Heartland Rural Health Network, Inc. as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back to the community.
HRHN will use the funds to help continue the Go Girls program in Highlands County. Go Girls stands for “Giving Our Girls Inspiration and Resources for Lasting Self Esteem.” It is an innovative program that provides education on the benefits of making informed health choices, avoiding risky behaviors, avoiding the use of tobacco products, abstaining from drug and alcohol abuse, handling peer pressure, building self-confidence, having a positive body image and other related topics.
Participants meet once a week after school for two hours. There is no fee for Go Girls and the program is open to all middle school girls in Highlands County. Groups will start meeting in January.
The mission of HRHN is to increase access to quality health care for all rural residents by working with local health and social service providers to help determine the most effective ways to maximize available resources without duplication.