NC Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Honors Allison Mathews with Dr. John Hatch Early Career Professional Award
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The North Carolina Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities held the first N.C. Health Equity Impact Awards in mid-September.

Oct. 3, 2017 — The North Carolina Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities held the first N.C. Health Equity Impact Awards in Raleigh, with former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders keynoting the awards banquet.

The Sept. 14 event recognized individuals and organizations who have successfully implemented a systems-change approach to reducing health disparities and promoting health equity across the state. 

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“We want healthy people and healthy communities … that is our vision,” said Elders, who urged the audience to continue to work in their communities to improve health outcomes. 

NC OMHHD has sponsored several events in celebration of its 25th anniversary, including a Health Equity Lunch and Learn Series and a National Minority Health Month event. NC OMHHD, housed within the N.C. Department of Health and Humans Services, was established by the General Assembly in 1992. The Office’s goal is for all North Carolinians to enjoy good health regardless of race, ethnicity, disability or socioeconomic status. 

Allison Mathews