The Healthy Community Council of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County met Tuesday morning for their first quarterly meeting of 2008. The group works in the community to help improve the quality of life.
This meeting focused on recent steps taken in the community to improve services, including the new Harrisonburg Community Health Clinic and the Harrisonburg and Rockingham Thermal Shelter.
Jane Hubbell, the associate director of JMU's Institute for Innovation and Health, explains the council's goals for the community.
"We just finished our 2007 community assessment, which was a very comprehensive assessment on health and wellness in our community looking at the assets that we have in our community, the gaping holes that we need to fill and new programs that we want to bring into the community," says Hubbell.
Several speakers attended the council, as well as JMU students of social services and health care.
The speakers included Dr. David Cockley and Christopher Nye of JMU, and Michael Wong of the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority.