Dr. Joe Johnson, the Joe Johnson Group, addresses more than 450 students at the annual Power in Truth Conference.

The Live Healthy Douglas Coalition (LHD), in partnership with Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH), WellStar and other community partners, hosted the 17th annual Power in Truth (PIT) conference on Tuesday, October 17, for the prevention of youth substance abuse.

Dr. Joe Johnson of the Joe Johnson Group was the keynote speaker and spoke to more than 450 students who attended this year’s conference. He encouraged the group to think about their purpose. “When we’re given certain names, we begin to live up to that name. Think about your brand. When people say your name, what do they think about,” said Johnson. “On this journey towards your purpose, you always have to think about your brand. You can’t worry about what other people think is cool. You have to understand your gift and share your gift.”

The conference was held at the First Baptist Church of Douglasville and featured workshops designed to empower Douglas County middle and high school students to make the choice to resist underage drinking, tobacco use, and all other substance abuse. Students were selected by the school system to attend the free event which counted as a field trip.

Community partners interested in sponsoring the annual Power in Truth conference can contact Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Children and Youth Section Manager Viva Price at (770) 514-3107, or Viva.Price@dph.ga.gov.

About Live Healthy Douglas

Live Healthy Douglas is a partnership of community organizations and individuals that contribute to the delivery of essential health services in Douglas County. Together, through a strategic process called Mobilizing Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), Live Healthy Douglas has assessed the current health status of the county and developed a Community Health Improvement Plan.