A society in which all people live long, healthy, active lives full of purpose and promise.

NC Community Health Coalition
Dr. Elaine Hart-Brothers

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

  Co-Founder & Board Member

Welcome Dr. Ruth Gilliam Phillips, Community Health Coalition Executive Director!

Dr. Phillips, affectionately called Dr. Ruth relocated to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2008 from Baltimore, Maryland.


Ruth received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Morgan State University and her Doctorate in Podiatry at the Temple School of Podiatric Medicine. 


As Executive Director of Student Health and Counseling Service at North Carolina Central University, Dr. Phillips has developed programs, partnered with national organizations, collaborated with fellow campus departments and student groups in an effort to effectuate positive change not only for students but faculty and staff as well.

In addition to her role at the Community Health Coalition, she 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.

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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 Executive Director, 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 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

Board Secretary

Executive Pharmaceutical Sales Specialist,

AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical

William G. Smith, BS
Board Treasurer

Development Officer
Director of Development, BRITE

Desiree Palmer, DMD

Private Practice - General & Cosmetic Dentistry, Durham

Rev. Dr. Michael Page

Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church
Director, External Affairs, NCCU


Brenda Jamerson, PharmD

Adjunct Professor, Duke University School of Medicine

Kevin Thomas, MD


Assistant Dean, Duke University School of Medicine


Evester Bailey, MS

Behavioral Health Administrator

Cameron Belton, JD

Attorney at Law, Law Offices of James D. Williams, Jr.

Evangelist Ervin Wilson

Community Health Advocate

Carolyn Clemmons

Community Health Advocate

Venice Alston 

Community Health Advocate

La’Toria Jallah, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist, NCCU

George K. Quick, MBA

US Army Captain

Retired President & CEO, Mutual Community Savings Bank

Arnett Coleman, MD

Retired Internist, Duke Primary Care


Tricia Howard, MHA, BSN

District Lead Nurse, Durham Public Schools

Ruth Gilliam Phillips, DPM

Executive Director, Community Health Coalition


Thank you to our partners and networks who help us reach our goal of Healthy People 2030.