About Community Health Coalition
Since 1989, North Carolina's Community Health Coalition (CHC) has connected passionate leaders and doers in the fields of medicine, education, mental health, faith organizations, law, finance, the military, and social advocacy to achieve one united goal; health equity for EVERYONE, beyond today's racial and socioeconomic barriers.
Serving Durham County and the surrounding areas, CHC strives to create a society in which all people live healthy, active, and purpose-driven lives.
Our main areas of focus are:
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 under-served populations.
Understanding Health Equity
Listen to Dr. Ruth Gilliam Phillips discuss health advocacy with Dr. Veita Bland
Dr. Ruth Gilliam Phillips, DPM, MS
CHC Executive Director
Dr. Phillips, affectionately called Dr. Ruth, relocated to Greensboro, North Carolina, in 2008 from Baltimore, Maryland.
Ruth received her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Morgan State University and her Doctorate in Podiatry at the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine.
My motto is to choose L.I.F.E. when advocating for yourself and for the well-being of others.
As Executive Director of Student Health and Counseling Service at North Carolina Central University, Dr. Phillips developed programs, partnered with national organizations, collaborated with fellow campus departments and student groups in an effort to generate change not only for students, but faculty and staff as well.
In 2020, Dr. Ruth was named Executive Director of Community Health Coalition to continue founder Dr. Elaine Hart-Brothers' legacy of compassionate and visionary leadership.
In addition to her role at the Community Health Coalition, Dr. Ruth serves on the National Our Health Matters Task Force for Jack and Jill of America Incorporated, the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Governor’s Task Force, the American Heart Association Triangle Board, the American Cancer Society Central and Eastern Northern Carolina Board, the Diabetes Research Foundation Board and the American Cancer Society Advisory Board.
Dr. Elaine Hart-Brothers, MD, MPH
CHC Co-Founder, Past Executive Director
Dr. Hart-Brothers received her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at Tufts University School of Medicine and a Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) at Harvard University School of Public Health. She worked in General Internal Medicine and Community & Family Medicine at Duke Primary Care.
Seeing patients was the most rewarding part of her job, but she could only see one patient at a time. In 1989, Dr. Hart-Brothers and the late Mr. John Mickle founded Community Health Coalition to serve many more lives by educating the public about health and addressing the needs of NC communities.
My interest in community medicine is simple … the more people I reach, the more lives I help save. If I convince you to take an active role in your own health, I've fulfilled my mission.
She believes this kind of outreach is part of our health system's responsibility to educate and treat the entire community—including the disadvantaged and under-served populations, but in the end it all comes down to the one-to-one practice of medicine.
In 2020, Dr. Hart-Brothers retired from CHC after 31 years of service.
Board of Directors
Christy L. Clayton, MD, FACOG
Board President, 2019
Retired OB/GYN, Private Practice
Elaine Hart-Brothers, MD, MPH, FACP
Past Board President
Co-Founder & Past Executive Director,
Community Health Coalition
General Internal Medicine,
Community & Family Medicine,
Retired, Duke Primary Care
Edward Clemons, DDS
Board Vice President & Chair of Finance
Private Practice - General Dentistry, Durham
Makeba Tate McDaniel
Executive Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist,
William G. Smith, BS
Director of Development, BRITE
Community Health Advocate
Evester Bailey, MS
Behavioral Health Administrator
Cameron Belton, JD
Attorney at Law, Law Offices of James D. Williams, Jr.
Community Health Advocate
Arnett Coleman, MD
Retired Internist, Duke Primary Care
Tricia Howard, MHA, BSN
District Lead Nurse, Durham Public Schools
La’Toria Jallah, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist, NCCU
Brenda Jamerson, PharmD
Adjunct Professor, Duke University School of Medicine
Rev. Dr. Michael Page
Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church
Director, External Affairs, NCCU
Desiree Palmer, DMD
Private Practice - General & Cosmetic Dentistry, Durham
Ruth Gilliam Phillips, DPM
Executive Director, Community Health Coalition
George K. Quick, MBA
US Army Captain
Retired President & CEO, Mutual Community Savings Bank
Kevin Thomas, MD
Assistant Dean, Duke University School of Medicine
Evangelist Ervin Wilson
Community Health Advocate
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