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The East Texas Human Needs Network will present a daylong summit Jan. 31 in Tyler to bring public officials and representatives of private organizations together to address the problem of poverty.

“It’s all about relationships,” Christina Fulsom, founder and CEO of ETHNN said in a news release. “This conference offers best practices in public, private and social sectors with sessions for those working in the fields of education, workplace, congregations, healthcare, policy-making, community, criminal justice and first responders.

“We hope people from Smith County and beyond can see the importance and benefit of having these discussions and why it’s vital to seek solutions together,” she said.

Ruby Payne, author of “Emotional Poverty” and “A Framework for Understanding Poverty” will speak at the event’s luncheon. She is a former high school teacher and administrator and has served as an educational consultant.

Sessions will focus on higher education, healthcare, employment, first responders/criminal justice, faith and policy.

Presenters will include Payne, Karla Krodel, Terie Dreussi-Smith, Phillip DeVol, Ruth Weirich, Angel Tucker, Gene Krebs and Nicole Baptiste.

ETHNN will have Tyler-area help organization representatives release information on the 2019 Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment data.

Those who will present the data are Carlton Allen, Gloria Bell, Christina Fulsom, Maribel Gutierrez, Dameon Green, Anna Hodges, Vince Huerta, Robert Gil III, Kimberly Lewis, Rebecca Lincoln, Pete Mendolia, Randy Moate, Kristy Swan Range, Pamela G. Rodriguez, Mary Ann Rojas, Christopher Taylor, Andrea Wilson and Jack Wilson, the announcement said.

The summit will take place at Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Center and is open to the public. Tickets are available for the entire summit or for the luncheon only and can be purchased online at ethnnsummit.org.

The ETHNN Summit is sponsored by Amherst Oil & Gas, Mentoring Minds, June and Tom Lowery, WorkHub, The Brooks at Cumberland Park, Bullard Creek Ranch, Chick-Fil-A Tyler , TXU Energy, Brelsford Personnel , Christ Episcopal Church, the City of Tyler , East Texas Council of Governments, Landmark Title Inc., McMillin Outdoor Advertising, NDMJ Transportation Ltd., Oncor, Southside Bank, Tyler Junior College, The University of Texas at Tyler, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and Your Philanthropy.

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