November 13 2015
Bridgeville, DE (October 28, 2015)— Ten years ago, Sussex County Health Promotion Coalition focused primarily on children’s health promotion in Sussex County. After great successes engaging the community in children’s health in the early years, the Coalition set its sights on improving health and wellness for all of Sussex County citizens. There was a need to address health disparities for children, their families, seniors and the greater community. SCHPC expanded to address the needs of these populations and continues to do so today.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Coalition and on the evening of October 28th, its partners came together to celebrate the past, present and future of the Coalition and its work improving the lives of Sussex Countians. The 10 year celebration was held at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville, where 160 guests enjoyed dinner, a keynote message about the power of partnership from DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf, and community awards.
First State Community Action Agency was honored by the Coalition with the Community Collaboration Award, presented by Representative Ruth Briggs King.
The Coalition also honored an outstanding individual, David Crimmins, for his continued work in the Sussex community. Jay Crimmins, David’s son, presented him with the Community Hero Award.
The evening’s events also included a House tribute and Sussex County Council Proclamation in honor of the Coalition and a special presentation to acknowledge The Inspiring Project, a local Woodbridge student Chase Marvil’s international suicide prevention effort.
The evening’s final minutes were dedicated to the introduction of the Coalition’s shorter title: Sussex County Health Coalition. "The new name encompasses what we do in the community”, says Executive Director Peggy Geisler. "We are not only promoting health, but fostering collaboration and widespread impact with and through our partners for the greater good of our community.”
The Sussex County Health Coalition’s mission is to encourage the entire community in a collaborative effort to improve the health of children, youth and families in Sussex County. SCHC works to help Sussex County become a community where citizens and organizations (public, private and not for profit) are actively engaged in health promotion as a shared community good; and where we work together to create a cultural and physical environment which supports healthy lifestyles for our children, youth and their families.