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Health Department’s New Life Program Hosts 1st Fatherhood Summit June 14

6/6/2013

The Metro Public Health Department’s New Life Program will host its inaugural Fatherhood Summit, Friday, June 14th, 2013 at the LP Field Stadium Club from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“The purpose of the Fatherhood Summit is to raise awareness of fatherlessness in our community and the issues surrounding it,” said New Life Program Director Robert Taylor. "We want to emphasize the importance of a father's involvement in the lives of their children, family and the community as a whole.”

The theme for the event is “Tennessee: A Place Where Father’s Matter.”  The day’s schedule includes an unveiling of Nashville Public Television’s NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis, a documentary that highlights fatherhood in Davidson County. There will also be various group breakouts and topic discussions; a networking luncheon sponsored by the New Life Program; and a keynote address by Lowell Perry, the former CEO of Middle Tennessee Big Brothers Big Sisters and now the Vice President of Corporate Partnership for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis - Family Health explores the role families play in the health of Tennessee’s children. Focusing on early childhood, Family Health shares stories of families overcoming challenges and demonstrates the importance of parents in child development.  Family Health acknowledges that changes in family structure over the last fifty years have lead parents to fill new roles and increasing the involvement of fathers has the potential to improve the overall well being of Tennessee’s children.   NPT Reports: Children’s Health Crisis - Family Health premieres Friday, June 14th at 8pm on NPT and online at wnpt.org/childrens health.

“Mr. Perry is a very recognizable figure in the Middle Tennessee community and was instrumental in the growth of BBBS over the past few years”, said Warren Isenhour, event chairman.  “He is a major advocate in Nashville and around the country for promoting the involvement of men in the lives of their children.”  “We are proud to have Lowell speak at this important event and help motivate us as a community to continue our work around increasing the involvement of fathers in the lives of their children. “

Discussion topics include: Fatherhood / Manhood – A discussion of fatherhood and what it means to be a man; mom’s as gatekeepers and cross relationships; rebuilding broken relationships; and, how do men engage as fathers.

More than 200 community advocates and professionals working with fathers and families in the community are expected to attend.  Attendance is by registration only and space is limited to the first 200 registrants.  The cost of the event is your time and commitment to help men become excellent fathers.   Interested individuals  can contact the New Life Program or visit www.health.nashville.gov.

To register for the Fatherhood Summit please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FatherhoodSummit 

For more information on this summit or to signup for the New Life Program and future events call 615-340-8989.