Community Partnership Program


Mount PhotoThe Community Partnership Program of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) aims to model best practices and standards for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, the state of North Carolina and the broader community focusing on transforming how health and wellness information is translated and delivered to communities. We seek opportunities for transformative partnerships between researchers, community members, policy makers and health systems to develop strategic planning, support, program leadership and sponsorship that impact community health and community centered-research priorities.


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Watch Dr. David L. Mount present a TedTalk about health disparities and community reinvestment.  




Black History Month Celebration and Health and Wellness Event

The public event associated with this video was produced by Dr. David L. Mount, Director of  the Community Partnerships Program of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.  The event was a free community health fair organized by the Urban League on February 28, 2013.  The event offered free health screenings, health education and lectures.  Students who work with Dr. Mount participated fully in this event that was largely attended by seniors. 

Urban League Photo 
Keith Henry, Alethea Amponsah, Kara Morrison, Maria Rego, Jamil Hopkins
and Micha Myers 


Dr. David Mount Partners With John F. Kennedy
High School  

On April 12, 2012, Dr. Mount and his team of health equity ambassadors partnered with Parent Involvement Coordinator, Ms. Carolyn Cotton, at John F. Kennedy High School and a host of others organizations to celebrate the 1st annual Community Outreach Fun for Everyone Extravaganza (C.O.F.F.E.E.). The purpose of C.O.F.F.E.E. was to engage the community in valuable discussions about health and active life styles. This event was open to students, parents and the community to help celebrate and kick off this community outreach event. Dr. Mount and his team of health equity ambassadors organized four interactive mind body booths during the event including a blood pressure check station, an informational booth on health disparities and Diabetes, an interactive health equity quiz presentation, and a personality assessment station.

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Read comments below from Dr. Mount's team below:

Maria Isabel Rego 
"The event at John F. Kennedy High School was very enlightening for community members and students as well as for our team. We were able to reach out to individuals in the community that otherwise would still not know what health disparities are or that current gaps in life expectancy exist. Every school and community organization should have an event like this; it brought great awareness to a topic that should be discussed a lot more often. Ms. Carolyn Cotton's initiative was really a great event." Maria Isabel Rego has been a trainee with Dr. Mount since 2009. She is originally from Brazil and graduated in 2010 from Salem College with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She is Dr. Mount's current student lab leader for his team of health equity ambassadors. She is applying for dental school this summer. 

Kara Morrison 
"I was surprised to see how interested each individual was to know more about their personality and how stress can affect their physical health". Kara Morrison graduated from Winston Salem State University in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and became a trainee with Dr. Mount in the summer of 2011. She has proactively taken part in many research activities and continues to improve her scientific achievements. In the near future, Kara will be applying to graduate school in clinical psychology.

Michelle Wright 
Michelle Wright is currently a sophomore at Winston-Salem State University majoring in psychology with a minor in Neuroscience.  Michelle is a member of the Honors Program as well as a Chancellor's Scholar.  She is also a member of the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program as well as the Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE), and the WSSU Psychology Club. She has been a trainee at Dr. Mount's lab for almost a year and plans on applying to graduate school after graduating.

Ashley Jackson 
"My experience at John F. Kennedy High School was, in a word, enlightening. Even though part of my job was to educate others, I walked away from John F. Kennedy High with more knowledge about at risk youth than I ever could have imagined. It was an amazing experience to be able to work with the youth and take their blood pressure. Their excitement for learning about health made me excited to have the opportunity to teach them." Ashley Jackson started her internship with Dr. Mount this spring. She is a senior at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and will be graduating at the end of this year with a B.S in Biology. Ashley is applying for medical school this summer.



My Aunt's House Photo



The Pediatrics Interest Group at Wake Forest School of Medicine, with the support of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, has partnered with My Aunt's House to create a series of interactive informational sessions with the young women who live there. My Aunt's House is a program through the Children's Home in Winston-Salem which is devoted to helping teen mothers to raise their family, to complete school, and to achieve their full potential and independence.  Our discussions involve a wide variety of issues, such as Being a Teen Mom, Maternal Nutrition, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Adolescent Mental Health, Domestic Violence, Childhood Development, Pediatric Appointment Expectations, and Post-Partum Depression.   Twice each month, two medical students meet with these young women to share dinner and engage in the topic of the evening.  There are usually 2-7 mothers living in the house with their children who participate. More information about My Aunt's House and The Children's Home is available at


                                   THE PEOPLE'S CLINIC

The People’s Clinic: A North Carolina Minority Health Education Collaborative is a 3-pronged program that began in January 2006 designed to address minority health and healthcare disparities across the state of NC. Funded by the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation  from 2006-2009, and now sustained by the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE), the project has produced targeted health education initiatives in the African American, American Indian, and Latino communities. (more)



In collaboration with Delta Fine Arts, Inc., the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity (MACHE) has created a distinctive photojournalism project entitled Voices of African American Health. The project, which was funded by The Society for the Arts in Healthcare in conjunction with Johnson & Johnson, empowers participants to tell their own unique stories of living with chronic illness as patients or caregivers. Moreover, the project serves to educate the community at-large about the national tragedy of racial and ethnic health disparities. (more)



The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity Community Outreach Core has launched an initiative that it hopes will promote engagement between the Center and the community - Community Impact Champion.

The Center will spotlight Community Impact Champions, those who encourage all of us to reach a little further and take action.  The Center wants the public to help it identify people, organizations, and/or businesses that have a positive impact on community members lives.  Dr. David L. Mount, the Center’s Director of Community Outreach, Partnerships, and Advocacy, is behind the initiative.  He hopes that it helps to break down the barriers that have existed between the community and the medical/academic community. This initiative signals awareness for the importance of voicing loudly and strongly that taking care of all of us benefits the rest of us. I have long recognized that effective community outreach and engagement is achieved through partnerships.

As the field of health disparities is moving toward a campaign for social justice, advocacy and community action, cultivating sustainable community partnerships is of the highest priority. Dr. Mount hopes that the Community Impact Champions will help the Center recruit more advocates. The elimination of health disparities is a social justice movement in need of social capital, community partnerships, and community impact champions.   


2013 Community Impact Champions

Shannon Brooks


2012 Community Impact Champions  

Felecia Bennett-Giles 
Tracey Maxwell 
Carolyn Cotton  
Judy Iannuzzi
Micha Myers
Lisa Houston

Community Impact Champions for 2011

Matthew Mayers (January)
Tenesha Monice Moore (February)
Justin Maurice Redd  (March)
Maria M. Aristizabal (April)
Nike Roach (May)
Andy Hagler (June)
Larry Oppegaard (July)
Marcus Wilson-Stevenson (August)
Judy Marie Willis (September)
Kismet Loftin-Bell (October)
Wanda S. Reid (November)
Luellen Curry (December)

Community Impact Champions for 2010

James T. Robinson (January)
Cheryl Harry (February)
Eddie Long, Jr (March)
Majorie Rorie (April)
Willard Tanner (May)
Judge Lisa V. L. Menefee (June)
Louis Edward Hernandez (July)
Tim and Ann Jackson (August)
Emery L. Rann, III (September)
Mary Jamis (October)
Marva Reid (November)
Angela V. Gerena-Diaz (December)


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