CEOs and business owners from across Buffalo County met on Thursday, June 28th, at the invitation of Buffalo County Community Partners Board of Directors, to form the Buffalo County Healthy Community Advisory Council.
The purpose of the meeting was to discover ways in which businesses can work toward building a healthier Buffalo County. Denise Zwiener, Executive Director of Community Partners shared emerging health trends in our communities and then gave the floor to several businessmen including: Mike Schnieders, CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital and Doug Kristensen, University of Nebraska at Kearney Chancellor. They shared how healthy policies impact their workplaces and Community Partners’ 2020 Vision.
At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees were asked to consider signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), stating that they “agree to assess, promote and strengthen health in Buffalo County” by: elevating health issues in the community; engaging community accountability to health; adopting policies, evidence-based practices, and promotion of the Healthy Buffalo County 2020 Vision.
The following business leaders signed the MOU: Brown Transfer, Buffalo County Extension Office, Buffalo County Health Ministry Network, City of Kearney, City of Ravenna, Crossroads Mission Center, Gibbon High School, Good Samaritan Hospital, Joel Johnson, Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, Kearney Clinic, Kearney Hub, Platte Valley State Bank, Pleasanton Schools, S.A.F.E. Center, Sentinel Health Care, Two Rivers Public Health, University of Nebraska at Kearney and Wells Fargo. Contact Community Partners at 308-865-2284 if you would like to join the new Advisory Council.

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