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ince its inception in October 2002, the goal of the people were invited to participate in the dialogue, and guests Durham Health Summit has remained the same: to included leaders from Lincoln Community Health Center, continue a dialogue among members of the Durham Durham City and County Government, representatives community regarding health-related issues. from the faith community and representatives from the “The summits convene stakeholders from across Durham Duke University Health System. At the second summit, County to prioritize county-specific health issues, identify additional nonprofits and school system representatives resources and develop strategies that could be utilized to were invited to attend. continue improving the health of Three subcommittees were our community,” says Kimberly formed at the outcome of the Monroe, program manager in the first summit to address some of Duke Health System Office of the health issues facing Durham: Community Relations. access to health care, prospective The Durham Health Summit medicine and faith group serves as an opportunity to gather medicine. input from residents about issues By the third summit, that impact their health and wellparticipation expanded to the being, as well as an opportunity to broader community, which curate and launch new initiatives in has improved community the community, such as Healthy engagement in developing Durham 20/20, which was solutions. Health Summit topics Dr. Eugene Washington, Mayor Steve Schewel, presented at the 2017 summit. reflect issues identified by the MaryAnn Black, Gayle B. Harris and Farad Ali Each year, the summit community so that community at last year’s Durham Health Summit. incorporates more succinct, partners can come together to focused goals. The 2019 summit will take a deeper dive into develop community-informed solutions. racial equity and explore opportunities for implementation. For the first few summits, health-related issues were identified; exercise and nutrition education were promoted; A RETROSPECTIVE and development began on pilot programs within two Approximately 375 people attend the summit each year, Durham Public Schools – Lakewood Elementary and Lowe’s Kimberly says. In the past, topics of discussion have included Grove Middle – which promoted fitness and good nutrition specialty care for the uninsured, substance use, mental among students. health, medical respite for the homeless, the Affordable Care In 2005, the goals shifted slightly, with that year’s summit Act, social determinants of health and racial equity. focusing on substance abuse. That year, the Partnership “Since its inception, local summits have expanded into for a Healthy Durham, which was established in 2004, regional summits to address the uninsured, cancer care and became involved with the summit. The summit ended the changing demographics in the Triangle,” Kimberly added. with Partnership for a Healthy Durham establishing a For the first summit, attendees were chosen and admitted substance abuse committee and incorporating summit by invitation only. Durham leaders and national figures recommendations into their annual work plan. The joined together to discuss prominent health-related topics subcommittee merged with the mental health committee, and their effect on the Durham community. Seventy-five and together they coordinated the annual recovery

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