The Partnership for a Healthy Durham is a county-wide partnership of community members, service providers, elected officials, university researchers, and others who come together to rally behind prioritized health issues identified in the community health assessment. Our most recent health assessment , completed in March 2015, identified four priority areas. The Partnership has formed four committees or action groups addressing these four priority areas, which are led by co-chairs. Committee co-chair responsibilities can be found here. Each committee has developed a 3-year action plan, which you can find on each committee’s page.
Access to Care: Advocates for legislative changes that will affect health care coverage for residents and develops community and agency-based strategies to make measurable improvements in access to medical and dental care for the uninsured and underinsured residents of Durham.
Communications: Charged with improving the internal and external communications and Partnership branding. Working with community partners to enhance an online community resource directory.
Obesity and Chronic Illness: Provides a community-based approach to address the growing problem of overweight and obesity, and chronic illnesses, such as diabetes.
HIV/STI: Brings together community members and agencies to focus on strategies to prevent the spread of syphilis and HIV/AIDS, which disproportionately impacts people of color.
Substance Abuse/ Mental Health: Advocates on local issues related to treatment and prevention of substance abuse and addiction illnesses. Seeks to increase public awareness of mental illness and access to mental health services.
Poverty / Education: (No standing committee; we work with other existing groups and through our health committees). These are new health priorities for the Partnership that will likely work to improve high school graduation rates, poverty and the percentage of residents paying more than 30% of their incomes on housing.