WINONA LAKE – The fourth in a series of community conversations will be Friday morning at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College.

The event will include speakers and a roundtable discussion focusing on health issues and will feature a slate of state-level experts on the issues.

Speakers will include Kristina Box, the Indiana state health commissioner; Kevin Moore, director of mental health and addiction for the state; Chelsy Winters, senior director of community health for the state; and Katelin Rupp, director of program evaluation tobacco prevention/cessation commission for the state.

The event begins at 7:15 a.m. and continues until 11:30 a.m.

Topics will include opioid addiction, obesity, tobacco cessation and infant mortality.

“Indiana statistics covering those issues are scary,” said Suzie Light, executive director of Kosciusko County Community Foundation.

“These are issues that impact our workforce,” Light said. “It’s important for employers to understand the impact these issues have on their workforce.”

She said organizers hope to achieve greater awareness of the issues and empower people with information in hopes of identifying tools that can be done on a personal level to make a change.

The event is the fourth in a series that has been hosted by a large number of organizations including Grace College, K21 Health Foundation, Bowen Center and Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce.

The event is open to the public, but registration is required and can be done by visiting

Light said people can still register tonight.

The Orthopaedic Capital Center is at 610 Wooster Road, Winona Lake.

“We have a lot of partners that are helping with this community conversation,” Light said.