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Join us at the 10th Annual Lenoir-Rhyne Symposium on the Future of Healthcare, "Are You Hearing Me?" as we delve into the transformative power of communication. Explore the vital need to amplify patient, provider, and community worker perspectives and voices in shaping the future of healthcare. In a world where many voices are unheard, this year's symposium seeks to spotlight the crucial role of listening and understanding diverse perspectives in driving impactful change within the healthcare landscape.

Jointly provided by Lenoir-Rhyne University and Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a program of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and part of the NC AHEC System. For questions about CEUs or registration, contact Samantha Garvens at

Who Should Participate

This symposium will benefit physicians and physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners, social workers, community health workers, healthcare administrators, city council members, students and the general public.


Upon completion of the symposium, participants should be able to:

  • Identify soft skills for improving the health outcomes of patients.
  • Identify tools to foster cross-disciplinary understanding by encouraging workers in various fields to collaborate and understand diverse perspectives to foster holistic approaches to care.
  • Promote patient-centered care by emphasizing the importance of active listening by hearing from the perspectives of patients, providers, community workers, and administrative workers.
  • Identify tools to develop skills and strategies drawing from narrative medicine to enhance communication between different disciplines and at different levels of communication with the goal of improving the delivery of healthcare.
  • Address challenges and explore lessons learned, with an emphasis on ensuring that all voices are heard in healthcare decision-making and planning.

Featured Presenters

  • Honey Yang Estrada '11, MPH '16, President, NC Community Health Worker Association 
  • Tomeka James Isaac, Executive Director, Jace’s Journey 
  • Patrick Brown, Executive Director, NC Public Health Association 
  • Community Health Panel consisting of community health leaders from surrounding NC Counties

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