CHARLOTTE – Novant Health and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library announced a partnership on Wednesday to address the social determinants of health, health equity and help create lasting impact in our communities.
Novant Health will make an investment of $1 million, including a cash donation of $500,000 to the CommonSpark campaign and $500,000 in in-kind support for the delivery of programs and services over the next five years.
The aim of the campaign is to create change within the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system. The $143 million campaign includes funding for the construction of a new main library, construction of a library administration center, technology, innovation and programming across the library system .
“As our libraries strive to support the health and well-being of our patrons and the community at large, we are working to expand access to health resources that go beyond books and materials” , said Marcellus Turner, CEO and Chief Librarian of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
The program includes the creation of the Novant Health Wellness Center at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, which will expand access to wellness services provided at branches of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library.
In early 2022, a community survey was conducted in both the Hickory Grove and West Boulevard communities to assess which services would be most beneficial.
Based on this feedback, the program will focus on nutritional counselling, wellness at different stages of life, health screenings, navigating health services, and information about diagnosis and disease.
Other services that will be included in the program include monthly education and a lecture series on topics such as diabetes, health at any age, nutrition and mental health.
There will also be a dedicated community health worker on site once or twice a week to help people connect with health and social services like housing, food and access to primary care.
There will also be regular visits from the mobile unit to conduct screenings and vaccination events for uninsured children, access to Novant Health’s digital resource library, sponsored activities throughout the community, and access to a platform to find help.
“We are honored to partner with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to form this unique partnership and expand the availability of health services within our communities,” said Jesse Cureton, executive vice president and chief consumer officer at Novant Health.
Services at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Novant Health Wellness Center will be rolled out in phases over the next several years. The first phase will launch at Hickory Grove and West Boulevard Library branches in July 2022.
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