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Solving Health Problems at the Community Level

Judy O’Neal is the senior vice president public affairs and chief of staff, office of the president.

Yesterday the Durham Herald Sun published an article about a public-private partnership that is evaluating how to solve health problems in the Durham community.  The U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin praised the partnership as a possible model for the nation.  I’d like to congratulate to all of those involved in the program.

Health care solutions are ultimately going to happen by involving communities at the neighborhood level.  That is why WakeMed has chosen to be so intimately involved with a Wake County collaborative called Advocates for Health in Action.  This collaborative focuses on increasing access to healthy foods and physical activity, facilitating partnerships and collaboration between existing programs and services to create a community that works together effectively – This is ultimately how real change will happen.

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