The Guilford County Health Relationships Initiative (HRI), a partnership between UNCG and the Phillips Foundation, was launched on January 31, 2017. The mission of the Guilford County Healthy Relationships Initiative is to infuse the local community with information, resources, and services to promote happy, healthy, and safe relationships and prevent the negative consequences of relationship distress.
The program uses a three-pronged public health approach focused on community mobilization, social marketing, and educational programming. Dr. Christine Murray, Director of the HRI and associate professor in UNCG’s Department of Counseling and Educational Development, says that, “Traditionally, relational health has been viewed as a private matter, and as a result, individuals haven’t had access to the support and resources they need to form and foster positive relationships.”
In addition to personnel from the Phillips Foundation and UNCG, the HRI is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of community leaders in Guilford County who provide guidance in the planning and implementation of the initiative.
Although the week of February 13-18 is recognized as “Healthy Relationships Week”, a month-long series of events have been planned to celebrate the launch of the Initiative.
(Adapted from the January 31, 2017, UNCGNow article.)