By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – HealthWorks! has a new agent of infectiously contaminating fun.
Stacey Loden of Saltillo has stepped into a new role as conductor of creative chaos, otherwise known as HealthWorks! manager.
“We’re really glad that Stacey’s on board,” said Dean Hancock, president of the Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi. “She brings a great skill set.”
Loden, who graduated from Saltillo High School, holds a degree in business administration and brings a strong retail and marketing background, as well as an interest in education.
HealthWorks! has a continuing mission to improve the health and health literacy of children and communities. The center is looking at more outreach opportunities to complement the center’s core in-center programming for school field trips.
“We want to see more people in the door and to continue spreading the word,” Loden said.
HealthWorks! – which will celebrate its fourth birthday in January – began with a peer team leadership structure, which served it particularly well as the center was created and its programming developed.
“We are going through normal business growth cycles and need one leader in charge to help facilitate the center’s future growth,” Hancock said.
Programming director Donna Loden, no relation to Stacey Loden, is sliding to a part-time role as special projects coordinator, Hancock said.
She will continue to work with the Healthy Tupelo Task Force, grant projects and collaborations with organizations like Mississippi State University’s Social Science Research Center.