Tackling Health Disparities through Collaboration: Insights from WHQR’s Cape Fear Conversations

Conversations on Health and Social Equity in Cape Fear

The panelists included Jason Black, the Adult Residential Community Treatment Services (ARCTS) Program Director at Coastal Horizons Center, Kevin Briggs, the Senior Director of Laboratory & Respiratory Care Services at Novant Health, Dr. Umar Bowers, the Medical Director at Dawson Med & Dawson Med Urgent Care, Hayley Sink, the Director of Health Equity at Trillium, and Leigh Quarles, the Health Equity Network Officer at New Hanover Community Endowment. Additionally, a special thanks was given to Fawn Rhodes, the Equity Coordinator at New Hanover Department of Health and Human Services.

The conversation was a part of WHQR’s Cape Fear Conversations series which aims to enhance public engagement with important, difficult and complex issues. The panelists brought their expertise in various fields such as healthcare services, health equity and community development to the discussion. Each speaker provided valuable insights and perspectives on how to address health disparities and promote equity in the community by working together and leveraging their collective knowledge and resources.

By highlighting collaboration, communication and innovation as key factors in addressing complex health issues; the panelists emphasized that community-driven solutions prioritizing inclusivity and accessibility are necessary for all individuals. Through their discussion they shared experiences, challenges and successes inspiring others to join the conversation and contribute towards creating a healthier more equitable community for all. Overall this conversation was a valuable opportunity for community members to learn about various efforts and initiatives being undertaken to promote health equity in the region.

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