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Novant Health, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library announce $1 million investment for community program

CHARLOTTE — Novant Health and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library announced a partnership on Wednesday to address social determinants of health, health equity, and help create sustainable impact across our communities.

Novant Health will make a $1 million investment, including a $500,000 cash gift to the CommonSpark campaign and $500,000 in in-kind support for program and service delivery over the next five years.

The campaign’s goal is to create change within the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system. The $143 million campaign includes funding for construction of a new main library, building a library administration center, technology, innovation, and programming throughout the library system.

“As our libraries strive to support the health and well-being of our library patrons and the community at large, we are working to expand access to health resources that go beyond books and materials,” said Marcellus Turner, CEO and chief librarian of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

The program includes the founding of The Novant Health Wellness Hub at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, which will expand access to wellness services delivered through Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library locations.

In early 2022, a community survey was conducted both in the Hickory Grove and West Boulevard communities to assess which services would be most beneficial.

Based on that feedback, the focus of the program will be nutritional guidance, well-being at different life stages, health screenings, health services navigation, and information about diagnosis and disease.

Other services that will be included in the program includes a monthly education and speaker series on topics like diabetes, health at every age, nutrition, and mental health.

There will also be a dedicated on-site community health worker one to two times a week to help people make connections to health and social services like housing, food, and access to primary care.

There will also be regularly scheduled visits from the mobile unit to provide screenings and immunization events for uninsured children, access to Novant Health’s digital resource library, sponsored activities across the community, and access to a platform to find help.

“We’re honored to come together with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to form this unique partnership and expand availability of health services within our communities,” said Jesse Cureton, executive vice president and chief consumer officer for Novant Health.”

Services for The Novant Health Wellness Hub at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will roll out in phases over the next few years. The first phase will launch in the Hickory Grove and West Boulevard Library branches in July 2022.

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