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ot to be confused with Healthy Durham 20/20, and the problem of food deserts and hunger. Affordable Partnership for a Healthy Durham is an entity Housing was the No. 1 health priority that came from the that bases all its work off the Community Health assessment. “Since a lot of work is already being done Assessment that takes place every three years. “We around access to housing, we wanted to pull together key have four committees, which are determined by the top stakeholders into a subcommittee who are working on health priorities and the needs of the community,” says housing,” Kelly says. “Their expertise and work is needed Partnership co-chair and nutrition program manager at to ensure that current and future housing foster good Durham County Department of Public Health, Kelly health and that health is part of the conversation around Warnock. … Each committee housing. With racism and sets a three-year action plan discrimination coming in as in the months following the the sixth health priority, we completion of the health also changed our overall assessment that is used structure as a commitment to guide the work. The to filter our work through Partnership works hard at not a racial equity lens. A duplicating efforts, but rather racial equity task force of joining and assisting with work Partnership members has that is already ongoing. For formed to create racial example, the 2014 community equity guiding principles and health assessment identified will disband once they have poverty and education as been created.” priorities. Durham has many Marissa Mortiboy, groups that are already Partnership coordinator, working in these two areas, so says that there are currently the Partnership decided to ... 500 active members in Painting the Healthy Mile Trail in 2017. sit on other committees that the partnership across already were in existence, such sectors from nonprofits, as End Poverty Durham and the School Health Advisory community organizations, government entities, schools Committee. and universities, social justice groups and community The last community health assessment was members, including Duke University and Duke Regional completed in 2017, and the Partnership was again Hospitals as well as multiple Duke centers and clinics, restructured. Access to Care and Mental Health (formerly UNC/ NCCU/ Duke students, Health Department staff, Substance Use/Mental Health) both remained priority the City of Durham, End Hunger Durham, SEEDS, subcommittees. The Obesity, Diabetes and Food Access Reinvestment Partners and Lincoln Community Health Committee (formerly Obesity and Chronic Illness), voted Center. Major accomplishments by the Partnership and its on a name change to reflect specific focus on diabetes partners include:

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