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Published on November 09, 2017

Cone Health Brings Ideas to American Hospital Association/National Urban League

Cone Health will talk about how its community partners improve health.


Cone Health works with the North Carolina Department of Public Health to help people avoid diabetes. It partners with the Center for New North Carolinians, Greensboro Area Health Education Center and the New Arrivals Institute to manage the health of African immigrants. These are two of the stories that will be told at the American Hospital Association (AHA)/National Urban League meeting on community health. Cone Health is one of a handful of community health leaders invited to the Nov. 9-10 event in Chicago.

The purpose of the conference is to advance the emerging role of community health workers. Connecting individuals to health care providers and services, community health workers bring better health care to more people. The AHA and National Urban League hope to encourage more health systems to develop programs using community health workers.

Laura Vail

Laura Vail, director of Cone Health’s Office of Inclusion & Health Equity, will explore the various ways that Cone Health not only pays for community health programs, but keeps them going.

“We are excited to let others know about the partnerships we have built to improve the health of the communities we serve,” says Vail. “Community health workers help connect people to needed resources. They offer a wealth of information about local programs that can help an individual avoid a chronic illness such as diabetes or help a parent schedule a checkup for a child. Community organizations work with these individuals every day. These partnerships are the future of health care.”

“To truly impact the health of our communities on a large scale, it takes commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion,” said Gene Woods, AHA chairman, and president and CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System. “This work with the National Urban League is a great opportunity for the hospital field to provide leadership in accelerating health equity for patients, their families, health care teams and communities.”

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