Description and Activities

This committee’s activities include advocating for changes that will affect health care coverage for residents across all ages of the continuum but particularly those less than 65 years old; bringing together initiatives/partners already addressing access issues; and developing community and agency-based strategies to make measurable improvements in access to care for the uninsured and underinsured residents of Durham.

All Access to Care committee meetings are open to the public.


For the next three years the committee members plan to work on:

  • Sub-Acute Care for the Homeless
  • Expanded dental care access for low income, uninsured adult residents
  • Health literacy
  • Healthcare reform
  • Strategies to address transportation issues that impact access to care (eg. bus, Access van, etc.)

The committee’s 3-year Action Plan provides the details. Find out what has been accomplished in the action plan progress update.

Leadership and Membership

Current committee chairs are:

To learn or to join the committee, email one of the co-chairs (above) or contact Marissa Mortiboy, the Partnership for a Healthy Durham Coordinator, at or 919-560-7833.


The Access to Care Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month from 8:15-9:30 am at the Durham County Department of Public Health (414 E. Main Street) in a second floor conference room. Our meetings generally include learning sessions on access to care issues, advocacy updates, and updates from the various working groups.

Meetings are open to the public. Community members are encouraged to attend. For meeting dates and times, see our calendar.


January agenda minutes

February agenda minutes

March agenda minutes

April agenda minutes

May agenda minutes

June No meeting was held

July agenda minutes

August agenda minutes Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Presentation

September agenda minutes

October agenda minutes

November no meeting

December agenda

Selected Committee Accomplishments

Past accomplishments include:


  • Herald-Sun newspaper article series on healthcare reform in 2013 and 2014
  • Project Access of Durham County was created by committee members along with other community partners . PADC coordinates with community providers and those at Duke University Health System and the NC Specialty Hospital to bring donated specialty care to uninsured patients at Lincoln Community Health Center.
  • Healthcare Reform Summit was held on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.  The Summit provided an opportunity the community to learn more about how the new healthcare reform will personally impact them. Pam Silberman will provided an overview of Healthcare Reform and there was a short expert panel on Children, 0 – 25, Uninsured / High Risk Pool, Business, and  Medicare / Seniors.  The entire event was professionally taped and can be viewed here.
  • Cover the Uninsured Community Forum (2009 and 2006) brought together over 100 community members hear from panelists about health care options and coverage possibilities for Durham County residents lacking health ins

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Publications and Reports of the Committee