My interest in community medicine is simple … the more people I reach, the more lives I help save. Seeing patients is the most rewarding part of what I do. But as a doctor, I can only see one patient at a time. So after medical school I went on to get a Master's in Public Health. Educating the public about health allows me to touch many more lives. This kind of outreach is part of our health system's responsibility to educate and treat the entire community—including the disadvantaged and underserved populations, but in the end it all comes down to the one-to-one practice of medicine. If I convince you to take an active role in your own health, I've fulfilled my mission, for today.

Elaine Hart-Brothers, MD, MPH
Board President



Since 1989, North Carolina’s Community Health Coalition has focused on achieving health equity and eliminating racial health disparities in Durham County and the surrounding areas. Drawing from the experiences of Board President Elaine Hart-Brothers, MD, MPH, notable community partners and community volunteers, nurses, nutritionists and physicians, we strive to create a society in which all people live long, healthy, active lives full of purpose and promise.


We particularly focus on:

  • Awareness of diseases and issues like diabetes, hypertension, cancer, insurance issues and organ and tissue donation

  • Decreasing obesity among minorities within our community

  • Educating the community on the dangers of tobacco and general substance abuse

  • Highlighting and improving mental health services.


We believe it is the health system's responsibility to educate and treat the entire community - including the disadvantaged and underserved populations.


Christy Clayton, MD, FACOG
Board President

Elaine Hart-Brothers, MD, MPH

Past Board President

Edward Clemons, DDS

Board Vice President and Chair of Finance

Desiree Palmer, DMD


Makeba Tate McDaniel

Board Secretary

Vernice Alston
Community Advocate

Evester Bailey, MS

Substance Abuse Expert/Project Manager

Cameron Belton, JD


Cedric Bright, MD
Associate Dean of Admissions, ECU

Renetta Bryant Mills



Ervin Wilson



Rev. Michael Page

Pastor and Chair, Durham County Commissioners


Carolyn Clemmons
Community Advocate

Howard Fitts, EdD

Board Member Emeritus

La'Toria Jallah, M. Ed.

Brenda Jamerson, PharmD

Adjunct Professor, Duke University


Kevin Thomas, MD

Cardiologist, Assist Dean of Duke School of Medicine

Rev. Gussie Thompson, MDiv

Board Member Emeritus



Durham Convention Center
Thursday, May 30, 2019
5:00 PM

Come along and reflect with us as we

celebrate a wonderful evening of 

"Healthy People: Progress and Policy,

Where Do We Go From Here?"


Thank you to our partners and networks who help us reach our goal of Healthy People 2020.

Community Health Coalition


Community Health Coalition
308 Crutchfield Street, Suite D
PO Box 15176
Durham, NC 27704



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