Ada Jenkins Davidson

Evelyn Carr speaks during an Ada Jenkins anniversary celebration.

DAVIDSON – The Ada Jenkins Center will host a public discussion with Dr. Kristie Foley on the Social Determinants of Health at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in the Meeting Room in Ada Jenkins, 212 Gamble St. 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force came together in 2015 to address a Harvard University/ University of California-Berkeley study, which revealed that Charlotte-Mecklenburg ranked 50th in economic mobility out of the 50 largest U.S. cities. Poor children born here have a 1 in 4 chance to move out of poverty in their lifetime. The task force looked at why the odds of moving out of poverty are lower here than many of the country’s other large cities.

The goal of the discussion is to help the local community understand the implications of economic factors such as food insecurity, lack of stable housing, low paying jobs and other factors on the health of individuals.

Foley, along with her colleague Dr. Deepak Palakshappa, are the leading researchers in the state on the topic of social determinants of health. They have worked with the N.C. Association of Free Clinics to conduct statewide research specific to this topic. 

Ada Jenkins Center works with client-partners to address many of the problems that keep people in poverty, including each of these determinants of health. 

This event is one of a four-part discussion series at Ada Jenkins Center during 2018. The discussions are focusing on a range of topics, including middle skilled jobs education, reading skills and human trafficking.


Novant Huntersville wins award

HUNTERSVILLE – Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center was one of three N.C. hospitals named to Becker’s Healthcare 100 Great Community hospitals list for 2018. 

The list, which is aimed at facilities with fewer than 550 beds, included community hospitals and facilities affiliated with large health systems. They were recognized for their clinical quality, operational excellence and economic impact. 

Novant has 91 beds and offers health specialities, including maternity, cardiovascular and oncology, the description on the list states. 

In 2017, Novant Health announced a $50 million expansion, which will be complete in 2019. It will add on 48 acute beds and an operating room from Presbyterian Medical Center to Huntersville, bringing the bed count to 139.


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