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CFAC Spotlight: OPC

OPC (Orange, Person and Chatham counties) Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (CFAC) Chairperson Steve Furman, 60, said he has dealt with depression and anxiety for about 35 years.

Furman said he first learned about the CFAC meetings from friends and decided to get involved about 13 years ago. Furman has served as chairperson of the OPC CFAC twice in that time.

 “For me, it is important to learn all the parameters between consumers and providers and all the common denominators as well,” he said. “The most important part is communication, life experience and knowledge shared. The common denominator would be a vested interest in learning about many topics.”

Sharing information is the reason CFAC is so important. “I use shared information to better understand myself and my role in CFAC and to gauge those in the meeting,” he said.

Members of the Consumer and Family Advisory Committee recognize service gaps, make suggestions for services, note underserved groups, and discuss community service issues.

Each county in Cardinal Innovations Healthcare’s service area is represented by a regional CFAC group. Here are their updates:

The OPC CFAC represents Orange, Person and Chatham counties. It meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of every other month at the OPC Community Office, 201 Sage Road, Suite 300, Chapel Hill, N.C. The next meeting will be on March 8.

Executive CFAC – Cardinal Innovations’ Executive CFAC includes three representatives from each of the community CFACs. The group meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every other month at Woodbury Park, 2929 Crouse Lane, Suite B, Burlington, N.C. The next meeting will be on April 26.

Alamance-Caswell CFAC – The Alamance-Caswell CFAC meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every other month at the Alamance-Caswell Community Office, 2929 Crouse Lane, Suite B, Burlington, N.C. The next meet will be on March 27.

Five County CFAC represents Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Vance and Warren counties and meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every other month at the Vance Granville Community College, 210 West Ridgeway St., Warrenton, N.C. The next meeting will be on March 13. The Five County CFAC is planning its third annual Mental Health Awareness Day from noon to 4 p.m. May 19 at the Armory Civic Center in Warrenton, N.C. The event will be open to the public and will include information from service providers.

Mecklenburg CFAC – Meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every other month at Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center, 100 Billingsley Road, Charlotte, N.C. The next meet will be on March 15.

Piedmont CFAC – This CFAC is comprised of members and their families from Cabarrus, Davidson, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties. This CFAC meets on the third Tuesday of every other month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cabarrus County Public Library, 27 Union St. N., Concord, N.C. The next meeting will be on March 20.

Triad CFAC – The Triad CFAC includes members and their family members from Forsyth, Davie, Stokes and Rockingham counties. The Triad CFAC meets on the second Monday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Triad Community Office, 4045 University Parkway, Winston-Salem, N.C. The next meeting will be on March 12.

If you would like to contact one of your local CFACs to provide input regarding services, service gaps or any other issue, issue, email: memberquestions@cardinalinnovations.org​.
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